Protecting Your Rights In California Since 1986

Car Accidents: Your Questions Answered

The Law Office of Bryan R. Snyder, APC, has more than 30 years of experience handling complex car accident claims for clients in San Diego and throughout Southern California. Bryan R. Snyder is a seasoned trial advocate with a history of success that includes numerous six- and seven-figure personal injury settlements and jury awards.

If you have questions about a car accident claim in California, Bryan and our legal team are here to answer them. Here are a few of the most commonly asked questions:

What Should I Do At The Scene Of An Accident?

First and foremost, you should ensure your own safety and the safety of others in your vehicle and outside. Remove yourself from harm’s way. Call 911 to alert the police and, if necessary, summon an ambulance.

When you are safely able to do so, gather evidence of the accident scene. Take pictures of the road, including skid marks, signs and conditions. Take pictures of the involved vehicles, making sure to capture the damaged sections. Get the names and contact information of eye witnesses.

If you are injured, seek medical attention as soon as possible. Follow your doctor’s orders and maintain a record of your treatment.

Do I Need A Lawyer After A Car Accident?

There is no law saying you need to hire a lawyer after a car accident, but you can greatly benefit yourself by doing so, especially if you have suffered an injury.

Consider the fact that the insurance companies are out to protect their own interests, not yours. They will do everything they can to limit and deny the compensation you need. By hiring your own lawyer, you will have your own advocate in the legal system. There is no risk to you in a personal injury claim — your lawyer only collects a fee if he or she obtains a favorable result for you.

What Happens If I Go To Court For A Car Accident Claim?

If the insurance company refuses to offer you a fair settlement offer, your best course of action may be pursuing justice in court. The court process is complex and time-consuming, which is why it is important to have an experienced and trial-tested attorney protecting your rights. 

In a car accident trial, both sides present their evidence, including testimony from eyewitnesses and expert witnesses, and other facts and evidence that support their position. Insurance companies have teams of lawyers trained to shift the blame away from their client. They may even try to blame the accident on you. With an experienced trial lawyer on your side, you can even the playing field and give yourself the best possible chance of obtaining a favorable outcome.

Ask An Experienced Attorney About Your Claim

This page includes general information about car accident claims in California. Every case is unique. For information that applies to your specific circumstances, please call Law Office of Bryan R. Snyder, APC, at 619-752-1102 or contact the firm online.