Should I give a recorded statement?  Should I sign papers from the insurance company?  What information do I need following an Orange County car accident?  These are some of the many questions that may be going through your mind after a serious Southern California car accident.  If you have been injured in a car accident in Los Angeles, Orange County, Riverside or other area in California, you need to be aware that there are certain actions after an accident that can hurt your case. 

Admitting fault – Emotions tend to run high after a car accident and you may be confused on the details of what happened.  Do not admit to fault, because there may be factors involved in which you are not aware.  Also, don’t blame the other driver right after the accident.  Stick to the facts when you talk with the police.

Failing to get medical care – One of the major aspects of valuing a car accident claim are medical expenses.  If you have been injured and don’t seek medical care, it can be very difficult determining not only the extent of your injuries, but also the treatment that will be needed.  Your medical records may be needed when filing your claim.

Signing insurance papers – If the insurance company is trying to get you to sign papers, that should tell you something.  The insurance company understands that you may not know how bad your injuries are immediately following the accident.  Some injuries take several weeks to surface and a minor injury may turn out to be something more serious.  Don’t sign anything without first talking with a Los Angeles car accident attorney.

Giving a recorded statement – An insurance adjuster may ask you to give a recorded statement regarding the accident and may tell you this is just part of the investigation.  You could end up saying something that will damage your case.  Talk to an injury lawyer before giving a recorded statement to the insurance company.

Waiting to call an Orange County car accident attorney – When serious injuries result from a California car accident, you shouldn’t hesitate to contact a car accident lawyer.  Your attorney will need to get started on building your case to ensure that you are fully compensated and not taken advantage of by the insurance company.

Contact Steinberg Injury Lawyers today at 1-800-350-8888 for a free case evaluation.

Peter Steinberg
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Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney Since 1982