Preparing For a Case After a Car Accident

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California Car Accident Case Preparation

Being injured in a car accident is life altering. The personal injury attorneys at The May Firm would not wish a car accident upon anyone. Unfortunately, car accidents happen. We are here to make sure that victims receive the compensation they deserve. At The May Firm, we believe that victims who are injured in car accidents shouldn’t be mistreated by insurance companies. We fight for our clients to ensure they are protected and justice is secured.

How you prepare for a personal injury car accident case can make all of the difference in securing the compensation your family needs to recover. What you should and shouldn’t do is really determined on a case-by-case basis. However, these are some common guidelines for accident victims trying to figure out their next steps towards recovery:

  • Documenting everything is key. Take as many photos of the accident scene as possible. Document the damage to the vehicles and their locations in the roadway. You should also take photos of your injuries immediately after and in the weeks following your accident. Make sure that you receive a copy of every medical document produced after the accident, too.
  • Finding the right personal injury lawyer takes time. It is important that you get along with and trust the personal injury attorney that you hire to handle your car accident case. You’ve already been victimized once by a negligent or reckless driver; you don’t need to be victimized a second time by the legal process and an incompetent or unpleasant lawyer. You should always consult with multiple attorneys before deciding who you’re going to hire. Even if you like the first attorney that you meet with, you should consult with others to make sure the fit is right.
  • If a personal injury attorney wants any up-front costs, RUN! The vast majority of personal injury cases are handled on a contingency basis, meaning that you don’t pay a dime until and unless your case is won. The May Firm believes that someone who has already been hurt in a car accident should not have to pay any upfront fees in order to obtain legal representation. If you meet with a lawyer who wants you to pay for anything before they win your case, you should get yourself out of there immediately.
  • Don’t share details about your case on social media. Talking to anyone other than your lawyer about your case is just a bad idea. What you say to us is generally going to be covered by attorney-client privilege, which means that we can’t tell anyone what we speak about. If you talk about information pertaining to your case to anyone else, then that information is something that can be discussed in court. If you post a status on Facebook about your car accident, it likely will be used against you later if your case goes to trial. As hard as it may be, keep the details of your case private.
  • You should spend time preparing yourself mentally and emotionally to provide testimony. The majority of our clients never have to provide testimony under oath. However, we believe it is important for clients to be aware that it is a possibility you may need to share the details of the accident under oath. The May Firm recognizes that going to trial is not a fun process; it is time-consuming and is not respectful of your schedule. Testifying can also be very nerve-racking. This is why we go out of our way to negotiate a settlement to avoid putting you in that position. Until this happens, however, you should prepare mentally and emotionally for the possibility of trial. If your case progresses towards trial, you almost certainly will be required to participate in a deposition. This essentially is a meeting with the lawyers involved in the case (yours and the at-fault driver’s) where you answer questions about the accident. These answers are recorded, usually with an audiotape. You should speak with your attorney about what to expect and make sure that you know how to best handle your stress so that the process does not become too overwhelming.


Disclaimer: Information on this page is designed for general information purposes only and should not be interpreted as being legal advice or a legal opinion on specific facts or circumstances. You should always consult with an attorney before making a decision about your case. Pages are updated periodically but information provided on this page may not be up to date as circumstances may change over time. Please see our [LEGAL DISCLAIMERS] page for additional legal disclaimers.

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