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Q&A with Brian

Helpful advice on car accidents from a veteran attorney

If you have questions about your California auto accident, the Law Offices of Brian Brandt wants to help you find answers. Our website is designed to help victims of accidents and families who have lost loved ones get information. As a service, we have dedicated this page to a few common questions about car accidents. If you want to know what to do after an accident, you've come to the right place.

Contact The Law Offices of Brian Brandt right now if you have any other questions or if you've been injured and need an experienced attorney to protect your rights.

What types of accidents require a lawyer's help?

If you're injured or lost a loved one or you're dealing with significant damage, you should talk to an experienced attorney. The following are a few common types of accidents involving negligence that Brian handles:

There are many other types of accidents that may warrant legal representation. And we know the vast majority of accidents are caused by human error. That's why it's so important to hold the at-fault driver responsible for the damage caused.

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Should I talk to an insurance company if they contact me after my crash?

No. If someone from the insurance company representing the other driver contacts you, do not answer his or her questions. Anything you say could be used by the insurance company to reduce its payment to you or deny your claim altogether. You should even be cautious talking to your own insurance company, especially if you're a victim of a hit-and-run accident. When in doubt, simply decline to answer questions and instruct the insurance company to contact our law firm to speak on your behalf.

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Should I accept an offer from an insurance company for my accident?

Always be skeptical of offers from insurance companies. While a claims adjuster's offer might seem reasonable, it's important to remember that the financial impact of a car accident can last for many years. Most offers from insurance companies cover short-term expenses - medical bills, damage to vehicle and lost income. We think in the long term. That's why we want to meet with you and help you analyze the offer you received from an insurance company for your accident.

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Can I choose my own doctor if I'm injured in an auto accident?

Yes. But you might have a hard time doing so. The insurance company handling your claim might try to dictate which doctor treats you for your injury. That could be a problem if the doctor claims your injury is minor or insists you're not hurt at all. If you have The Law Offices of Brian Brandt on your side, we will fight for your right to select your own physician. We can also demand that you receive enough time to recover from your injuries caused by your accident. Your health and your recovery matters most.

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Will I be compensated if I'm partially at fault in my car accident?

Yes. You can still be compensated for your auto accident in California if you're partially at fault. That's because the state compensates car accident victims based on their comparative negligence. That means if you were 20 percent at fault, you would be entitled to receive 80 percent of the compensation you deserve for your accident. However, there can often be a dispute over exactly how much one driver is at fault. That's why it's critical that you contact our law firm right away. We know how to successfully negotiate with insurance companies.

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Should I file a lawsuit if I'm injured in a car crash?

It's one option. Sometimes, filing a lawsuit is the best way to obtain the money you rightfully deserve for your losses. However, there are often many legal options available. We can explain all of them to you during your free initial consultation. That way, you can make an informed decision about what approach you want to take toward your auto accident.

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Do I need a lawyer if another driver clearly caused my auto accident?

There's rarely anything straightforward about car accidents in Southern California. Even when another driver clearly caused your crash, obstacles often arise that can prevent you from receiving compensation. The driver might deny any wrongdoing or try to blame you. Then there are the insurance companies that often do everything they can to avoid paying victims. Brian knows it's not right, and it's why we're eager to work with you and hold the people responsible for your accident accountable.

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How can Brian help with my car accident claim?

When you hire us to handle your car accident, you can be confident that we will do everything we can to help you. Whether it's dealing with police officers or insurance companies to negotiating on behalf of injury victims, we're prepared to work with you every step of the way. We want to help you solve your problems so you can focus on getting better or helping a loved one through a difficult time. We will obtain the collision report from the police station, at no charge to you. We will help you get your medical bills. There are many other benefits to having a knowledgeable attorney at your side when you're going through one of the most difficult times of your life. Talk to us today.

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