CALIFORNIA AUTO INJURY ACCIDENT LAWYER
Auto Accident Attorney
The most common type of personal injury cases in our court system today are cases arising out of auto accidents. Millions of vehicle accidents occur every year, leaving hundreds of thousands of people injured or traumatized. Unfortunately, many drivers haven’t gotten the message. Our firm’s job is to make sure drivers and insurance companies understand their role in providing for injured and grieving people.
Barry J. Simon is a very experienced personal injury lawyer handling auto or car accident cases in California. He has aggressively and successfully represented auto accident victims for more than 4 decades. Mr. Simon also worked closely in an office with a former CHP officer, who was the investigator. His close working relationship was essential in allowing him to understand the police and investigative side of determining auto or car accident reconstruction analysis.
What to do when you are injured in a car or auto accident:
1. Obtain any necessary medical attention
Your health and safety and anyone else involved in the accident are the most important. Seek medical attention right away for any injuries. If you are injured in an auto or car accident, it is prudent to go to the emergency room to be checked out as you may not be aware of the extent of your injuries and it will help you prove your personal injury claim. Prompt medical treatment is critical to proving your injuries due to an auto accident so you need to see a doctor as soon after the accident as possible. Insurance companies love to bring up delays in treatment as a defense in auto or car accident cases. Soft tissue injuries (strains and sprains) are difficult to prove when caused by auto accidents but they still can be very painful and worth pursuing if your pain isn't subsiding after a few weeks of treatment.
2. Report the accident to the police
While at the scene of the accident when the police show up be sure to explain all of the details of the accident and remember to report ANY PAIN, STIFFNESS, NUMBNESS, TINGLING and your injuries in general to the police.
3. Always obtain all insurance information and critical document information at the accident scene.
Obtain insurance information, driver license number, vehicle license number, VIN number and names of other passengers involved from the at-fault driver. Obtaining independent witness information is especially important. It may become necessary to contact them to prove your case.
4. Take photos, make diagrams or take notes
If possible, take photos of the damage to your car, the other car or truck or vehicle at the scene of the accident or at the first opportunity, this will help to prove your case. This includes getting independent witness information if it is necessary to contact them.
5. Maintain a record of all expenses incurred as a result of your accident
Be sure to include:
A complete list of all medical bills.
Time and income or benefits such as sick leave lost from work due to your accident
Expenses for rental cars
A diary of your pain and how your life is impacted daily by the accident
Important Points to Remember
Preserving evidence at the scene of an auto or car accident is very important to prove your claim.
Try to remain calm. Do not get into an argument at the scene of an auto accident.
If you are injured, before you give a statement to the at-fault driver's insurance company, to protect your rights, it is equally important to retain a good personal injury lawyer.
If the police decline to come to the scene of the accident it is important to still collect as much information as possible.
Why Insurance is Important to You and Your family
You need to comply with personal injury law also by carrying liability insurance if you are in an auto or car accident, otherwise, you will not be able to obtain damages for pain and suffering.
I recommend you carry at least $500,000.00 in liability and uninsured/underinsured coverage. There are many drivers in California who are not insured or underinsured. Your premiums are not much more to pay for much higher limits on liability and uninsured and underinsured coverage so it is definitely worth it to protect you and your family.
AUTO ACCIDENT FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS?
Question: What kind of damages are recoverable in an auto accident claim?
Question: What are punitive damages and when can they be claimed in an auto accident case?
Question: What is the legal effect of failing to use mandatory seat belts?
Question: What if a cell phone was in use?
Question: What if I am hit by an uninsured driver?
The most common type of personal injury cases in our court system today are cases arising out of auto accidents. Millions of vehicle accidents occur every year, leaving hundreds of thousands of people injured or traumatized. In a world where technology has taken greater leaps and bounds in the last 20 years than the previous 100, our responsibility to be safe and careful drivers has grown. Unfortunately, many drivers haven’t gotten the message. Our firm’s job is to make sure drivers and insurance companies understand their role in providing for injured and grieving people. Every 10 seconds, someone in the United States is involved in an auto or car accident, many times causing serious injuries or death. In California, the number was 3,062 motor vehicle fatalities. For more information see the Governors Highway Safety Administration site at (GHSA).
If you have questions about whether you have a serious injury or one that may be minor. If you are seriously injured by the negligence of another driver the importance of hiring an experienced aggressive and competent California Personal Injury Attorney specializing in an auto accident and injury cases is critical. Barry J. Simon has handled car accidents all over the country and he will put 200% into your case as he keeps a small caseload.
"When you need an attorney, Barry is definitely the attorney you want to have by your side and I highly recommend his professional services. The law offices of Barry J. Simon was a life saver for my husband's auto accident case. Barry is the epitome of what a great attorney looks like. He handled our case with integrity, honesty, ethics, he was knowledgeable, informative, efficient and guided us throughout the whole case step by step. He went over and beyond for my husband, making sure he received a just and fair settlement. His efforts resulted in him winning the case and getting us the settlement we wanted. We THANK YOU Barry for not budging or backing down with the insurance company and your efforts are greatly appreciated!"