What to Do After a Car Accident That’s Not My Fault

What to Do After a Car Accident: Not Your Fault

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Unfortunately being involved in a car accident is not always avoidable, and many times it happens when you’re not at fault. You might be driving home from work in Anaheim and suddenly the driver behind you rear-ends you on the 91 freeway (maybe the other driver was distracted and texting). Even though the car crash might not be your fault, your immediate question is going to be, what should you do?

Car accidents always cause people headaches, financial stress, and sometimes even worse injuries. Whether you’re in need of a car accident lawyer in Riverside, Fresno, or in the greater Southern California area, get in touch with our law office for a free consultation to discuss your legal options.


Contact The Law Offices of Daniel Kim

Daniel Kim and his team have helped 100’s car accident victims get maximum compensation for their injuries. We know how to handle insurance companies, and we’ll fight for you. We can help Uber drivers, Postmates drivers, motorcyclists, and even taxi cab drivers.

After the Accident Call The Police

Every car accident is different, but you need to call the police, especially if you are not at fault. Having the police document the accident and filing a police report will come in handy later for your lawyer to help your accident injury claim.

Get Photos and Talk to Witnesses

Unless you are severely injured you will want to talk to witnesses and gather evidence. Ideally, you can get the contact information from any witnesses, and take photos of the accident (just on your cell phone). If the other driver is at fault for the accident (and you were injured) you definitely need to get complete information at the scene. Gather:

  • other driver’s name and address
  • other driver’s insurance information

Sadly some drivers who caused the accident will later change their story, or become very hard to get a hold of. Getting all of this information will make your life much easier once Daniel Kim and his legal team start helping you with your accident claim.

Get Medical Treatment

If you were in a car accident, you definitely want to seek medical attention immediately. Many times people get into a car accident and don’t think they are injured, so they don’t seek medical help. This is a mistake for many reasons.

Sometimes your body is in shock and you might not feel any pain right after the accident. You think you are ok, but a day or two later you start feeling back pain, neck pain, etc. It’s also very important to get medical treatment for any injuries because later when you want to get compensated for your damages you will need proof of medical treatment to help your injury claim.

Contact Your Insurance Company After the Accident

Even if the accident is not your fault, you still want to report the accident (if there are damages or injuries) to your insurance company. There are several coverages on your insurance policy that you might want to use, and for that to happen you need to notify your insurance agent.

Anytime you get into a car accident (or motorcycle accident) and you look at your insurance policy it becomes confusing very quickly. There are so many different coverages – collision, towing, uninsured motorist, full coverage, deductibles, etc.


Injured In A Car Accident That’s Not Your Fault?

If you were injured in a car accident that was not your fault, you definitely need to call our law firm today. Call Daniel Kim for a Free consultation and get answers to your questions. It is very important to contact a lawyer immediately after an accident (especially when it’s not your fault).

When another driver is at fault for the accident and they caused your damages (physical injuries, property damage) you are entitled to compensation. It doesn’t matter if you have whiplash, spine injuries, broken bones or fractures, head injuries, or just soreness, you need a good car accident lawyer to represent you.

Don’t try to fight the insurance companies alone, remember that insurance companies don’t like to pay out any money.


How Much Money Will I Get From Car Accident That Is Not My Fault?

This is a question that we hear every week from new clients that contact us after they have been injured in a car crash. There is no set amount of money to ask for, but you can rest assured that Daniel Kim and his legal team will get you the maximum compensation available.

If you suffered injuries from a car accident that wasn’t your fault then you are eligible to receive a settlement for your injuries. After a car accident happens and you are injured, there are so many things that you’ll have to deal with. Medical bills, potentially missing work (and a paycheck) rental car, getting to and from the doctors, dealing with your insurance company, etc.


What If Your Car Was Totaled?

This situation is a nightmare for anybody who has ever been involved in a bad car accident and whose car was totaled. You follow all the rules of the road, you don’t speed, you stop at stop signs, you use your blinkers, etc.

But even when you follow all the rules there is still a chance in your life that you’ll be injured in a car crash, due to no fault of your own. When the accident was not your fault, but your car is totaled, it just makes everything 10 times worse to deal with.

When a car has been totaled the insurer is supposed to compensate you for the determined value (of that vehicle) before the accident took place. Typically you won’t be able to keep the totaled car for parts or to sell, so you need to be careful with the process.

Just remember that insurance companies don’t like to pay out money and many times they will give you an estimate (on your totaled car) that is a low offer. The bottom line is you don’t want to fight the legal battle with the insurance companies alone. Contact The Law Offices of Daniel Kim today for a Free consultation.


How Long Do You Have to File An Injury Claim After an Accident?

In California, you have 2 years to file a claim, but you don’t want to wait even a week. If you were injured in a car accident that is not your fault, you want to get help immediately and protect your legal rights. The longer you wait to get medical treatment and hire an attorney, is time the insurance company could use against you later if they try to deny your claim or minimize your injuries.