Steps to Take After an Auto Accident

Auto accidents are never easy to deal with. They often leave victims frantic and stressed, not knowing what to do or who to call. It is important to know the steps to take after an accident, which will preserve your rights and get you the help you need. Here are some tips to guide you through the accident process and ensure optimal results.

Step 1: Call 911

Many people believe calling 911 for a small auto accident is excessive, but it’s not. It is actually in your best interest. It is imperative for you to retrieve a police report because it will help with providing evidence for your case later on in regards to determining liability. You must check to see if you have any injuries, and if you are able, check to see if anyone else involved in the accident has any injuries. If you are unable to move, wait for someone to come to your aid and have them call 911.

In addition, by calling the police, you will likely get a police report for the auto accident. Obtaining a police report helps avoid the game of “he said, she said” when dealing with adjusters. It also solidifies the facts of the auto accident and can determine who is really at fault.

Step 2: Take Pictures and Videos

Make sure to take pictures and videos of your injuries, the damaged vehicles involved, and the accident scene (no u-turn signs, yield signs, stop signs, street lights, and the other surrounding environment). You should also take pictures of the other party’s insurance information, license plate, and driver’s license information. Never allow someone to leave the scene before all of this is done.
Lastly, videotape witnesses or record them to get their statement if they give their consent.

All of these pictures and videos are hard evidence of what happened and are very valuable to your case.

Step 3: Handling Serious Injuries

If you have a serious injury and feel as if you cannot drive, call an ambulance. Do not worry about the cost. Once your case is settled, you will be reimbursed for the cost of the ride, in addition to any other medical costs. Taking an ambulance will guarantee a police report and medical report. Above all else, it’s best for your health and safety.

Step 4: Keep Track of All Paperwork

Keep a file of all police reports, medical reports, hospital bills, personal information of both parties, insurance information, and other relevant records. Even if you don’t think it’s important, it could be helpful to your attorney, so keep track of everything. Even matters such as text messages between parties affiliated with the incident can count as evidence. Every little thing should be kept on record and relayed to your attorney.

We hope you never have to go through something like this, but if you do, stay calm and follow these guidelines. If you follow each of these steps, then we are confident you will be able to recover all costs from the guilty party.

If you would like an information packet with the details of what to do after an accident, then reach out to us. The packet is small enough to keep in your glove compartment. In addition, if you or someone you know has been injured in an accident, contact us any time.

How to Handle Search and Seizures

Search and Seizures can be very nerve wracking, especially if you don’t know your rights. Officers can easily intimidate a person and control the situation. It’s in your best interest to know what you can and can’t do during these unforeseen incidents. The purpose of this article is to equip you with the proper knowledge to handle any situation you go through. This can protect you from illegal searches or from an officer encroaching on your personal rights. Follow these steps to properly handle a search and seizure:

Stay Calm

Remember to always stay calm because you still have rights. An officer must have probable cause to search a person, vehicle, or home. A probable cause means reasonable grounds to search you. An officer cannot merely perform a search and seizure out of desire. The facts and circumstances present must be grounds enough to reasonably infer illegal action is at play.

Document the Encounter

Whether it is you or someone else with you, pull out your phone and record the incident. If there is a video account of what happened, then there can be no question of what occurred later on. This protects you and prevents an officer from fabricating facts or violating your rights. You are entitled to record the event.

Ask questions

After the officer asks if he can search your body, ask him if you can leave. Proper questions include:

  • Am I being detained?
  • Am I free to go?
  • Am I under arrest?

If the officer cannot confirm any of these, then you are free to go. If he does confirm them then ask, “On what grounds am I being detained or arrested?”

Let the officer know that you do not consent

Tell the officer explicitly that you do not consent to him searching your body or your property. Officers are trained to lead you to believe that they can search you without your consent but this is not true. You have the right to deny their request if there is no probable cause. You should always remain cooperative, but still stand your ground and know your rights.

Remain Silent

If the officer searches you and discovers that there is illegal contraband, paraphernalia, or some other illegal item on you, do not say anything. Instead, tell the officer you are choosing to remain silent and that you would like a lawyer. These exact words have ultimately been found to help people out in the end. Always remember that less is more. You don’t want to say something self incriminating on accident, therefore, it’s best to say nothing. These rules will help protect yourself and will help your attorney better defend you if you are caught in an unfortunate situation. If you have anymore questions feel free to contact us any time.

How Long Will A Personal Injury Case Take?

Every single client is unique and every single client’s case will take a different amount of time. One of the main factors in determining how long a personal injury case will take can be the amount of medical treatment necessary for recovery.

For example:

If a client gets rear ended in a car accident and breaks their legs they are going to require a significantly longer recovery period than a client who gets rear ended and suffers only minor soft tissue damage.

A factor that sets apart the Nazarian Law Firm is that we never rush our clients to complete settlement just to get a settlement quicker.
Many firms will tell their clients to complete treatment as soon as possible just so they can get paid, but what happens is the client gets screwed over in this fashion.

When you decide to settle early you cannot recover any further damages for medicals. This is never the right decision for a client because many injuries can linger and have flare ups soon after a client “is rushed” to settle a case. Once you have settled, the case you cannot recover anymore for medical services. If the client has to start up treatment again they will have to pay for everything out of pocket.
When you are in an accident you have a 2-year statute of limitations to file a lawsuit against the guilty party. There is no rush to settle a case if the client is still in pain.

A typical timeline for a personal injury case can be a couple months if the injuries are minor and a couple years for significant injuries. There are so many factors involved in how long a case will last. It is important to team up with a firm that has your best interests in mind.

If you or your loved ones are injured in an accident then reach out to the Nazarian Law Firm today!

What Happens in a Typical Personal Injury Case?

Many clients ask, “What happens in a typical personal injury case?” In this video, you will learn about the process of a personal injury case from start to finish.

  1. Information Intake: This is one of the most important parts of the case, and it is when all the information from both parties involved in the accident is documented. Information such as names, addresses, emails, adjuster information, police reports, medical reports, ambulance bills, and any other information that is relevant to the case. This information will help with settling the case in the future.
  2. Assigning the Correct Medical Providers: The next step is assigning you to the correct medical providers that can accommodate your needs. Whether it is a chiropractor, physical therapist, or an orthopedic surgeon, it is all dependent on the extent of your injuries. It is imperative that our client receives the proper medical treatment and that they are not rushed during this process. It is important for us that our clients make a full recovery and that they take all the time they need to recover properly.
  3. Dealing With Insurance Companies: We will reach out to the other party’s insurance and will let them know that we will be taking care of your case and will handle everything from there on. That is very important for our clients to know because we want them to be able to fully recover, so they do not have to deal with the stress of the legal process.
  4. Demand Packet: The fourth step is the demand packet, which includes everything from your medical reports, police reports, witness statements, and many other factors that will help with getting you the compensation that you deserve.
  5. Negotiations: The last step involves negotiating with the insurance companies. We are aggressive attorneys who will fight to get you the compensation and justice you deserve to pay for pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages, and much more.

If you have been injured in an accident, don’t hesitate to contact our team to get you the legal help you deserve.

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