Three Questions Every Victim Of A Motor Vehicle Accident Should Ask

The aftermath of a motor vehicle accident is full of pain and confusion. It is perfectly normal to be unsure how to react or be uncertain about how to proceed.

The lawyers at Westrup & Associates can guide you through the days following your accident. We see each of our clients as unique and deserving of our individual attention. However, there are three important questions every client should ask after a motor vehicle accident:

Q: What should I do immediately following a crash?

If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident, whether as a driver, passenger, motorcyclist, bicyclist or pedestrian, your health and safety are priorities. Call the police. If you or your passengers are injured, call an ambulance. Never assume that your injuries aren't serious. If possible, use your cellphone to take photos of vehicle positions and damage, skid marks and the general road conditions. Ask witnesses for their contact information.

Q: What should I know about insurance companies?

Insurance companies do not play fair. Even your own insurance company is more concerned about its bottom line than your health. They will use any excuse they can find — legitimate or not — to undercut a claim and reduce the amount of compensation they offer. They do not care if you are still healing, and they do not care if you are facing a lifetime of pain and suffering. If they can get you to sign off on a paltry settlement offer right away, they will. It is absolutely not in your best interests to speak to an insurance company representative until you have first consulted an attorney.

Q: What is my motor vehicle accident claim worth?

There is no simple answer to this question because the value of an accident claim depends on many different factors. An attorney can help you determine what your individual claim is worth by looking at the type of injuries you suffered, the length of time it takes you to heal, the economic losses you endured, who can be held responsible, the amount of insurance available to you and what similar cases in your area have settled for in the past.

You need to be focused on healing, not fighting with insurance companies. Let our attorneys use our 40 years of combined litigation experience to fight for you. Call us at 877-258-2934 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation. Located in Long Beach, we represent clients throughout California. We can take the burden of dealing with the insurance companies off you while you recover.