What Should I Do To Protect My Legal Rights After A Car Accident In California?

Daniel J. Rafii

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Daniel J. Rafii

Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Rafii & Nazarian, LLP

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Answered by: Daniel J. Rafii

Rafii & Nazarian, LLP
Beverly Hills, CA
Phone: 3107777877
Fax: 310-777-7855

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There are two primary concerns you should have after a car accident. The first and most important is simply getting the medical attention you need, but you should realize this is also an important step in your legal process. Getting your injuries on the record and documented quickly not only helps create a clear record of your accident but also reinforces your need.

After that, however, you should seek advice from a lawyer who has a good reputation and a proven track record of handling serious injuries related to car accidents. It’s not just about getting someone to fire off lawsuits, it’s about coaching you through the process to make sure you don’t miss important deadlines or give insurance companies ammunition to dispute your claim.

The reason you should talk to a lawyer is because they understand the law. A lawyer won’t just protect your rights – they’ll make sure you know what your rights actually are.

Question: Should I talk to the insurance company?

Answer: The short answer? You need to be in communication with your own insurance, but you should not speak with insurance representatives for the other driver.

The insurance company representing the other driver has one goal, and that is to minimize how much they have to pay you. If the other driver is largely at fault for an accident involving serious injuries or damage, then their insurance may launch its own investigation. They may call you to get you to say something that helps their case.

The reality is that even a casual conversation with a representative of the other driver’s insurance company can damage your case. The wrong answer to a friendly, “Hi, how’re you feeling today?” can have an impact.

Don’t give the other driver’s insurance provider the opportunity to hurt your claim. You are under no obligation to speak with them or answer their questions. What we and almost any other law office will tell you is, “Do not speak with the other driver’s insurance.”

Question: What can I expect from my attorney?

Answer: I can tell you what it looks like for clients working with our firm. When you contact us, the first thing we try to do is gather as much information as possible about the details of your case. This includes finding out about your injury, getting the facts of the case, gathering any pictures of the accident, and just trying to paint as clear a picture as possible of what happened to you.

From there we conduct our own investigation into the evidence to help prove your case. We hire experts to review all the evidence and put us in a position to be able to show the liability that falls to the other driver.

While a lot of people picture their lawyer as the guy who shows up for court, what we really do is all the legwork to put your case in the best possible position to win. It’s not magic, it’s just lots of hard work talking to people, investigating the facts and building a case. Then we take that case and do whatever it takes to get you the money you’re owed.

Disclaimer: The answer is intended to be for informational purposes only. It should not be relied on as legal advice, nor construed as a form of attorney-client relationship.

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