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Burlingame, CA Car Accident Injury Attorney

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 Unlike the movies, people are commonly injured in automobile collisions. Unfortunately, when you need to focus on your health and your recovery, you are inundated with so many things it can be quite overwhelming. There are police reports, repair estimates, rental cars, insurance companies, missed time from work, medical care, and photographs just to name a few. Unfortunately, many people injured in automobile accidents never obtain the amount of compensation which they should receive. Some people do not know the full value of their case and agree to the offer made by the insurance company because they think they are being treated fairly. After all, they look so nice in the television commercials. In reality, the insurance company wants to resolve your claim for a little money as they can and before you realize how injured you are. It is important not to settle until you have time to evaluate the full extent of your injuries and compensatory damages. It is important to hire an experienced personal injury attorney such as Mr. Shapiro as soon as possible to obtain the justice that you deserve as well as maximize and protect your economic recovery.

We can help you:

  • Establish fault by gathering important evidence and contacting potential witnesses
  • Obtain necessary and beneficial medical treatment in a timely manner
  • Understand the applicable legal statutes including filing deadlines
  • Gather your medical records and bills to document your reasonable treatment as a result of your injuries
  • Make important decisions based on your economic interests choosing between settlement and litigation and considering the full extent of your damages.

 

While Mr. Shapiro has handled over a thousand automobile accident cases, we understand this may be the first time you have been in this situation. Mr. Shapiro will help you every step along the way. You will not be waiting weeks to hear back from your attorney. Call or email Mr. Shapiro for your free consultation.

ADDITIONAL TIPS SPECIFICALLY REGARDING AUTOMOBILE INJURY CLAIMS:

  • Take comprehensive photographs of your property damage. It is true that some collisions involve extensive damage while the occupant is unscathed and some collisions cause minor damage but significant personal injuries. However insurance companies view the amount of property damage as correlated to the likelihood of physical injury. Therefore it is important that you take good pictures of all damage to the car while you can. This of course means before it is repaired. Also, when a car is totaled, which means the cost of repair is greater than the value of the car, most owners prefer to transfer title to the insurance company so the payoff includes the salvage value. This means pictures must be taken before the car is transferred. If you want to see whether the pictures you have are sufficient you can contact Mr. Shapiro for a free consultation and email the photos for his review.
  • Take pictures of the scene. While most helpful at the scene where you can photograph the other vehicles involved in the collision, this is usually helpful regardless even days later. Telling the story of what happened is always easier with pictures. In addition there could be a specific aspect of the scene which factors into why the accident happened in the first place. 
  • Obtain medical treatment right away. If you delay when you are hurt you support a narrative that you are not really injured. You deserve appropriate medical care for your injuries. Take care of yourself.
  • If you have collision coverage you have two choices as to how to handle your property damage; your insurance company or the other driver's insurance company. The main advantage of using your own company is expediency. Plus while you should not give recorded statements to any insurance company it will be easier to avoid this if you are dealing with your company than if you are dealing with the other driver's company. Many people do not go through their own company because they don't want to be charged the deductible at the outset or do not want to make a claim under their policy. However your insurance company will try to recover your deductible later if there is insurance for the at-fault driver and reimburse you. Plus making a claim is why you have the insurance. Your rates are more related to accidents you cause as most of your premium goes to liability coverage.
  • Get first party protections on your auto insurance such as a medical payment provision and an uninsured motorist provision. These relatively inexpensive coverages protect you, everyone in your car, and all blood relatives in your household for medical expenses and protection in case you are struck by an uninsured motorist or an underinsured motorist. An underinsured motorist is someone who has insurance but doesn't have enough insurance to cover the amount of damage they caused. When seriously injured you need to make sure you and your loved ones are protected.

If you have recently been involved in a car accident, it is in your best interest to contact Mr. Shapiro today. He wants you to receive what you deserve for your injury. Call him today at 650-274-0180 or fill out the online form for a free consultation



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