How to Protect Your Rights After an Accident
Step-by-step advice if you've been hurt in a car crash
You've been in an accident on the 10, the 5 or another road in Southern California. Now what?
Brian and his team want to help you take the right steps to protect your rights. At The Law Offices of Brian Brandt, we can help you every step of the way after your car accident - from dealing with insurance companies to helping you get the medical attention you need.
A serious accident can take a toll physically, financially and emotionally. Take your accident seriously right from the start. Contact Brian Brandt. He's spent his career helping victims of car accidents find solutions to their problems in the Inland Empire and throughout Southern California. Find out how he can help you.
What to do in the immediate aftermath of a crash
The following advice concerns what accident victims should do soon after some of the most common car accidents. Each individual accident is unique. Contact our law firm as soon as possible to discuss the details of your specific accident:
- Call the police - You will want to have an official report of what happened. We can secure the crash report for you, free of charge.
- Seek medical attention - Even if you feel fine, make an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible or visit the emergency room. If an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) or another medical professional is at the scene, let that person examine you. You need to show the insurance company you took your injuries seriously right from the start.
- Talk to the driver - Make sure you get the following information from the other driver - full name, address, driver's license number, insurance information and license plate number. Do not make any statements about the cause of the accident to the other driver or his or her insurance company. Remember, anything you say will be used against you by insurance companies to deny your claim or reduce compensation.
- Interview witnesses - Witness statements can be critical evidence supporting your accident claim. Get full names, addresses and phone numbers from anyone who saw the accident.
- Take photographs - Make sure you take photos of damage to vehicles, posted traffic signs and other physical evidence associated with your accident. The more photos you take documenting your accident, the better.
- Call your insurance company - Tell your insurance company you have been involved in a car accident. Stick to the basic facts. Don't offer your opinion about what happened, because your statements, even to your own insurance company, may hurt your claim.
- Don't offer any written or recorded statements to the insurance company - If you're contacted by the insurance company for the at fault driver, don't offer any comments. If the adjuster asks you to make a written or recorded statement, politely decline to comment. Call our law firm immediately. We can handle the adjuster for you.
- Contact our law firm - We can help you deal with all the red tape associated with your car accident. We know how to investigate crashes, negotiate with insurance companies and get injury victims the compensation they deserve.
We know how to build a strong car accident case.
A Southern California native, Brian knows what questions to ask, what evidence to look for and how to compile that information into a compelling legal case designed to produce results. We're here to help you so you can focus on what really matters - your recovery.