What Can I Expect During My Car Accident Claim?

There are many things to be worried about after a car accident.  Who will pay my medical bills? How will I get my car repaired? Will I need to hire an attorney? How will I pay the legal fees? When can I get my money for the accident? Will I need to file a lawsuit? The good news is that most car accident claims are settled without the need to file a lawsuit. The length of time it will take to settle your accident depends on several factors. Some things you can expect to occur during your car accident claim include:

Fresno Car Accident Questions — Part Two

Below are more questions that clients ask our Fresno car accident attorneys during their free consultation. What are pain and suffering damages? When you are injured in a car accident, you suffer several different types of damages. Your financial damages or economic damages include the out-of-pocket expense related to the accident. Examples of financial damages include medical expenses, damage to property, and lost income. However, you also suffer non-economic damages. Non-economic damages are often referred to as pain and suffering damages. Examples of pain and suffering damages include physical pain, mental anguish, emotional stress, and loss of intimate relations. You can recover money for these claims in addition to reimbursement for your financial damages.

Fresno Car Accident Questions — Part One

When you are involved in a car accident, you may have many questions about what you should do and how to file an insurance claim. Our Fresno car accident attorneys meet with clients each week who have been injured in traffic accidents in California. Below are answers to several of the common questions about car accident cases in Fresno. What do I do immediately after a car accident? You should call 911 to report the crash and stay at the scene until help arrives. At the accident scene, be sure to ask witnesses for their names and contact information. Many times, a witness will leave before the officer arrives once the witness verifies no one is severely injured. If possible, take photographs of the accident scene while you wait on the officer. Never admit fault or say you are sorry at the accident scene.

What is Your Insurance Adjuster Not Telling You?

If you are injured because of the negligence or carelessness of another person, you are entitled to recover damages under California’s personal injury laws.  In most cases, the other party’s insurance company assigns an adjuster to work with you to settle your claim. This person represents the insurance company. An adjuster does not work for you nor the party that caused your injury. The adjuster’s job is to protect the interests of the insurance company by paying the least amount of money for your claim. To perform their job effectively, there are three things that an insurance adjuster hopes you do not know about personal injury claims.

When Do I Need a Lawyer for My Accident Claim?

After being involved in a traffic accident, seeing a doctor is your first priority. You need to seek medical attention to protect your health and well-being. However, you should also make it a priority to seek legal counsel. A Fresno car accident attorney can help you in many ways. Your attorney can protect your legal rights and deal with your claim while you focus on your recovery.

Three Reasons Not to Sign That Accident Settlement Agreement

When you are injured in a traffic-related accident, product liability accident, slip and fall (premises liability case), or another personal injury accident, the personal injury laws in California provide a way for you to recover money for your injuries. The money you recover is intended to compensate you for your financial losses (i.e. property damage, lost wages, medical expenses, travel costs, etc.) and your non-economic losses (i.e. pain and suffering damages). An insurance adjuster for the other party may approach you early in your case to offer a settlement for your claim. You should be careful when agreeing to accept a settlement offer for several reasons. As experienced Fresno personal injury attorneys, we want you to receive a settlement amount that is equal to the full amount of damages you suffered because of another party’s negligence. For this reason, we offer free legal consultations so that you can learn about your options before you accept a settlement offer that is lower than the amount you deserve for your claim.

What Factors Impact an Injury Settlement in California?

Whether you are in a car accident, bicycle crash, pedestrian accident, slip and fall, motorcycle crash, or commercial truck accident, you can seek compensation from the party who is responsible for the accident. The amount you can recover for an injury settlement depends on a variety of factors. The insurance adjuster for the other party will not tell you if you are settling for less than your claim is actually worth. Our Fresno personal injury attorneys can tell you if an injury settlement is fair or if you should decline the offer and demand a higher amount based on the factors of your case.

Easy Way to Remember Information You Need at the Accident Scene

The shock of a car crash can leave you confused and overwhelmed as you try to make sense of what just happened to you. Unfortunately, it is easy to forget the information you need to collect at the accident scene that can help your Fresno car accident attorney with your claim. To make it easier to remember the information you need to gather after a traffic accident, we suggest you use a list of questions. Make copies of the list of questions and keep the copies in your vehicle.  When you are shaken after an accident, it is easier to use a list of prepared questions to gather information than it is to try to remember everything you need to do after a Fresno car accident.

Why Are Bus Accidents So Dangerous?

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the number of people killed and injured in bus accidents during 2015 increased from the number in 2014. During 2015, 295 people died and 24,000 people were injured in traffic accidents involving buses. When you get on a school bus, whether it is a school bus, transit bus, metro bus, or tour bus, you do not expect to be in a traffic accident. However, you are at risk for an accident on a bus just as you are whenever you get on the road in your vehicle.

Is My Car Accident Settlement Taxable in California?

When you are injured in a traffic accident, you can hold the negligent driver or party responsible for the accident liable for your damages. In other words, if you did not cause the collision, you might be entitled to receive money from the party who did cause the crash. However, that money could be taxable as income in some cases. Compensation for Pain and Suffering The money you receive as compensation for the pain and suffering from your physical injury or illnesses is not considered taxable income by the Internal Revenue Service or the California Department of Revenue.  This also includes the amount you receive for the emotional distress or mental anguish you suffer because of the physical injuries or illnesses. However, if your claim is for emotional distress or mental anguish that did not result from a personal physical injury or illness, you may owe income tax on all or a portion of the settlement.