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Everything You Should Know If You’re Injured in an Irvine Car Crash: Free Insight From the Best Car Accident Injury Lawyers

Within the last few decades, Orange County’s population has been exploding. tThe greater Orange County area is currently home to over 3 million people. Even the idyllic suburb of Irvine has witnessed the effects of this rapid growth in population. As the population in Irvine continues to grow–278,000 and counting, according to the most recent available data–so have the number of cars and car accidents. As recently as 2017, ten people in the city of Irvine lost their lives in traffic collisions.

The harsh reality is that millions of Americans are injured every year in motor vehicle accidents. Thousands are killed, and those who do survive are often left to deal with permanent disabilities, including brain damage and spinal cord injuries.

Because these injuries can sometimes be catastrophic and life changing, victims and their families need to be represented by a skilled car accident lawyer who will fight to get them all the compensation they deserve.

What should I do after a Car accident?

Whether your collision occurred in the heart of Irvine at the corners of MacArthur Blvd. and Main–an intersection that  sees a high number of collisions–or on the way to downtown Los Angeles for a night out, the way you handle the aftermath of a car crash is crucial to getting the compensation you deserve. To help protect you and make sure you are prepared in the event of an accident, the legal team at West Coast Trial Lawyers has outlined seven important steps:

  1. Make Sure Everyone is Okay. The first thing you should do after any car accident is make sure you and your passengers are all okay. If anyone is injured, even in a minor way, call 911 to request an ambulance.
  2. Call the Police. Even if no one appears seriously injured and the damages seem minor, please call the police so they can make an official report of the accident. Many law enforcement agencies won’t take a report of the accident if no one is injured, so make sure you fully communicate your injuries to any officers responding at the scene.
  3. Exchange Information with Other Drivers. Get the names, addresses, phone numbers, driver’s license numbers and insurance information for all parties involved in the accident. Write down the make, model, year, color, and license plate number of all vehicles. We recommend taking pictures with your cell phone.
  4. Get Contact Information from Witnesses. Chat with any available witnesses and make sure to write down their names and phone numbers. You may need to get in touch with them in the future. Their testimony can be very beneficial to building a stronger case in your favor.
  5. Be Careful What You Say. It’s absolutely normal to be flustered or emotional after an accident, but do watch what you say. Never apologize for the accident and don’t admit or claim anything. Any and all statements you make at the scene of an accident can be used against you and may be detrimental to your case later on.
  6. Take Pictures. Take as many pictures as possible of the damage to all vehicles involved in the accident. Make sure to take photos of road conditions and any traffic signs and signals as well.
  7. Contact a Lawyer. Finally, get in touch with an attorney experienced in handling car accident claims even before reporting the accident to your insurance company. Always consult with your lawyer before making any statements to the other driver’s insurance company.

What can a car accident lawyer do for you?

While it may seem like common sense to believe the insurance company is on your side, nothing could be farther from the truth. Insurance companies are businesses, and their primary goal is to pay you as little as possible. If you’ve been injured in a car accident, the insurance company may respond by offering you a quick settlement. Never accept an insurance company’s offer before consulting with a lawyer. Your insurance company will try to resolve your case for minimal compensation, and in many cases,they’ll succeed when you give in to  desperation, or financial need. These companies know you’re in a vulnerable position and they will use this bargaining chip to their advantage.

A car accident lawyer has your best interests in mind and will handle every part of your claim, including:

1) Guiding You Through Complex Legal Processes 

Your lawyer will answer all your questions and carefully guide you through every stage of the process. They will outline all your options and will provide you with the information you need to make the best decisions for you and the people you care most about. A dedicated lawyer is one who will always be available to assure that you understand the legal process.

2) Protecting Your Rights 

An experienced car accident lawyer is familiar with how insurance companies operate and will take care of all the details and paperwork for you, while building your case and advocating your position. He or she will make certain you don’t do or say anything to the insurance companies or other parties involved in the case that may be detrimental to your claim.

3) Pursuing All Compensation Available to You 

Your lawyer will carefully assess your case and will aggressively pursue all potential damages available to you. In addition to compensation for your damaged property and past and future medical bills, you may also be entitled to financial compensation for past and future lost wages, loss of earning capacity, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and any other costs associated with your injuries.

4) Negotiating an Optimal Settlement 

Being represented by an experienced, well respected lawyer sends a clear message to the insurance companies that you are serious about negotiating a fair and just recovery amount.

5) Filing A Lawsuit In Court If Necessary 

There are times when litigation may be in your best interest. In these cases, your lawyer will present a strong and persuasive case to the judge or jury to get you the maximum compensation you deserve.

How much are my Injuries to worth?

There are many factors to consider when determining how much compensation you may recover as a result your car accident  injuries, including:

  •     Evidence of liability
  •     Witness statements
  •     Whether there are discrepancies in testimony
  •     The severity of your injuries
  •     Insurance limits
  •     Identity of the defendant

Compensation for your injuries may include:

  •     Payment of medical bills
  •     Pain and suffering
  •     Mental anguish
  •     Loss of ability to enjoy life
  •     Lost wages
  •     Diminished earning capacity


For more information, visit our Uninsured/Underinsured page.

Contact us to find out how we can help

If you have sustained injuries as a result of another driver’s carelessness, you have the right to hold that driver responsible. A car accident lawyer at our firm can help you recover financial compensation for the losses you have suffered, including medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Call us today at (213) 927-3700 or email [email protected] to schedule a free consultation with our experienced, caring, and compassionate legal team.


If you have been injured in an accident, you can count on the legal team at West Coast Trial Lawyers to fight for your rights every step of the way. Contact us today to schedule your free case evaluation with a personal injury attorney.
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