In the confusion after a car accident, it can be hard to remember to gather information and protect your rights. If you have to be transported directly from the scene for your injuries, it can be even more difficult to obtain the documentation and evidence you will need in order to pursue compensation later on.
Although your first priority should be your medical treatment and recovery, it is important to write down as many details as you remember while the event is still fresh in your mind. Even if you believe you will never forget what happened, here are ten important things you should write down as soon as possible after a wreck in which you are injured:
A successful personal injury lawsuit settlement can help you cover the mountain of medical bills and other expenses that pile up after you are injured in a serious car accident in Orange County, but you don’t have to collect evidence and find answers on your own. If you were injured, our Riverside personal injury lawyer can help you decide how to proceed. Please give Russell & Lazarus a call today at 1-(949) 851-0222 for a completely free case review.
Red lights are in place to prevent accidents, but intersections with traffic lights still remain the site of an extremely large portion of traffic collisions in California and across the country. What can you do to reduce your chances of being involved in a motor vehicle accident at a stop light?
Be aware, even if you have the right-of-way.
Far too many drivers assume that since they have a green light, they don’t need to look for oncoming cars or worry about other drivers. Even when you have the right-of-way, glance to your left and right when driving through an intersection.
Watch for pedestrians and cyclists.
Intersections are the place where pedestrians literally share the street with cars—a situation which can be extremely dangerous. Watch out for pedestrians or cyclists crossing the road, and be aware that not all pedestrians will cross only when they have a WALK signal.
Make left turns with care.
The most common type of accident at a lighted intersection is a left-turn accident. When making a turn, look carefully and give yourself plenty of room. When others are turning, be aware that not everyone uses their turn signals.
Slow down when approaching intersections.
Don’t wait to slam on your brakes when the green light turns yellow; be prepared to stop as soon as you approach an intersection. Many rear-end accidents occur when cars drive too fast as they approach a traffic light.
Unfortunately, intersections can be the site of some of the most serious accidents because they can lead to head-on crashes and T-bone crashes. Driving safely through an intersection can significantly reduce your chance of a life-changing crash.
Do you need assistance with a California car accident injury case? Call Russell & Lazarus today to request a confidential consultation.
Car accident rates skyrocket around all of the major holidays, especially Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. What should be a time of joy and peace too often turns into a time of tragedy. Why are there more traffic accident injuries and fatalities around the holidays than at any other time of the year?
If you have been injured in a California car accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you could collect compensation for your losses, including your medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
As if the shock and panic of being involved in a car accident wasn’t enough, there are some con artists out there who may try to take advantage of the shaken victims of car accidents in Riverside. In some cases, individuals or criminal organizations may stage an accident with you to try to get you to pay for alleged injuries. In other cases, you may be contacted after an accident by con artists posing as doctors, attorneys, repair shops, and others who are out to take advantage of you after a wreck.
Here are some common accident fraud “red flags” and schemes:
While many of these staged auto accidents are intentionally minor, innocent victims are sometimes injured or lose a significant amount of money to scammers. To protect yourself, always be suspicious of any offer made at the scene of the wreck or any unsolicited offers of help, and immediately contact an attorney of your own choosing to guide you.
After a 100-year-old driver in Southern California struck a group of school children with his car last month, many have been discussing the possible danger of elderly drivers in California. It is important to understand why older drivers may face issues behind the wheel and what health problems may lead seniors to cause car accidents.
Why are elderly drivers increasingly involved in traffic accidents as they age?
Elderly drivers should try to remain aware of their mental and physical health, especially as it relates to driving safety. Speaking with your doctor and your loved ones about these issues is especially important for knowing when to hang up your keys.
Although we often focus on drivers who have been injured in Orange County accidents, recent news of a passenger who died in multi-car Buena Park crash is a sad reminder of the needs of some of the most innocent victims in these tragic accidents. If you weren’t driving, who is responsible for paying your medical bills if you are injured in a Riverside wreck?
In California, depending on the circumstances surrounding the accident, you may be able to seek compensation from:
If you have been injured as a passenger in a Riverside wreck, you may be facing complicated choices. A Riverside personal injury lawyer would be happy to discuss options with you in a completely free, no-obligation consultation today. Just give us a call at (949) 851-0222, or fill out the confidential online contact form on this page for more information.