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Bakersfield Car Accident FAQ

When should I call an attorney?

It is important that you call an attorney as early as possible after your car accident. Once you leave the scene, or if you are still at the scene and it is safe to make a phone call, you can save yourself a great deal of stress and trauma by involving a Bakersfield car accident attorney to handle your insurance claim and any legal issue related to your accident and your injuries.

Do I need to call the police?

Yes. You need to call the police to report the accident as soon as possible, particularly if someone is injured or may have been driving drunk. This will make sure the accident is properly reported and that an investigation is launched. In fact, the police may help ensure that your case is handled properly and that the responsible driver is not let "off the hook."

I don't feel like I was injured. Should I still seek medical attention?

Even if you feel that you did not sustain serious injury in a car accident, seeking medical attention is an important part of filing an insurance claim or lawsuit. Some car accident injuries, such as whiplash or back injuries, may seem minor at first but will become more serious as time goes on. Seeking medical attention can help determine what injuries you have, if any, and allow you to get these properly treated.

What should I do if the other driver's insurance company contacts me?

It is best not to give a statement to the other driver's insurance company. They may contact you, but they are most likely only looking to get information from you that would limit their client's liability in causing the accident. This is one reason working with a lawyer is so beneficial - he or she can talk to the insurance company on your behalf.

How do I know what my Bakersfield car accident claim should be worth?

A lawyer can work with investigators and professionals in medicine, economics, psychology and other fields to properly assess what your claim may be worth. This is an important part of ensuring you can receive the full financial compensation to which you should be entitled.

For more information, contact a Bakersfield car accident lawyer at our law firm today.