If you were injured in a 10 car accident involving a truck hauling debris from the fires in Santa Rosa at (Fountaingrove Parkway and Mendocino Avenue) on February 5, 2018, call us today for a Free Consultation. You may be entitled to financial compensation: 707-999-9999.
Any driver, at any time, can be involved in a car accident. All it takes is one negligent or distracted driver and – BAM – your car is destroyed and you may be lucky to walk away with your life.
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If you’re ever in a car accident like that, you may very well be entitled to file a lawsuit that could net you some significant compensation. Should you decide to take that step, we’ll be there to help you.
We are Adams Fietz, Sonoma County’s finest personal injury and wrongful death attorneys.
Whether you hire Adams Fietz or another attorney to handle your car accident case, you should know what you need to do in order to maximize the chances that you’ll win your lawsuit. We’ve created a multi-part series, Car Accidents 101, that will help you with your car accident lawsuit.
The first things you should do after you’ve been in a car accident are to move your car (if possible) and any passengers to a safe place, and call for help.
The next thing you should do – and one of the most important things you can do in the case of a car accident – is to take notes, take photographs, and otherwise document every last detail of your accident as soon as possible.
You want to make sure your recounting of the incident is accurate, and that you stick to that accurate account. Careful attention to detail can be of enormous benefit in the case of a lawsuit or trial.
Right after your accident, while its details are fresh in your mind, take note of everything about the accident that you can think of. This can include but is not limited to:
• the time and date of the accident
• the exact location of the accident, with a detailed description of relevant places
• weather conditions
• road conditions
• the direction you were heading
• the direction the other driver(s), if any, were heading
• the name, contact information, and insurance information of any other drivers involved in the accident
• the names and contact information of any passengers in your car and any other car involved in the accident
• the names and contact information of any witnesses to the accident
• the exact, detailed circumstances and events of the accident:
• how it happened
• your actions during the accident
• the actions of any other drivers during the accident
• whose fault it was
• any damages to your car, other cars, or any other objects
• any injuries you, your passengers, and any onlookers may have incurred
• any other relevant details that you can think of
The good news is that many of us now carry in our pockets a device that makes it utterly simple to record an accurate description of the events of a car accident. After an accident, your smartphone is an invaluable personal assistant.
Use your smartphone to:
• take pictures of everything: the location, the road conditions, the weather, any damage to cars and property, any injuries that have been incurred. Anything and everything that might be relevant to a future lawsuit about the accident.
• obtain precise GPS coordinates of your accident. Do this by adding a “pin” on your mapping/GPS app.
• take written notes of any details, such as license plate numbers, exit numbers, and any other small details that you might otherwise forget. Do this by using a simple note-taking app.
• If you use an iPhone, here’s a useful survey of some of the best note-taking apps: • If you use an Android phone, here’s an article about some of the best note-taking apps:
• record oral testimony of the accident from passengers, drivers, and witnesses. When law enforcement officers arrive, they will take statements, but there’s no reason you can’t do this yourself, as well. To record spoken audio, all you need is a simple voice recorder app.
• Here’s a list of iPhone voice recorder apps:
• Here’s a list of Android voice recorder apps:
As countless trials have shown, human memory is not perfect – and that’s true even of so-called “expert testimony.” All of us are prone to forgetting details of events, especially if those events are complicated and occur in a short period of time. Just like car accidents.
That’s why, if you’re in a car accident, you should take care to take careful, detailed, highly specific notes, photos, and/or recordings. Even if you never file a lawsuit, the information you record will be enormously helpful in settling any insurance claims that result from the accident.
If and when you do decide to file a lawsuit, we sincerely hope you’ll consider working with us at Adams Fietz. Our satisfied clients will tell you that we are the best and most thorough personal injury attorneys in Sonoma County. Check our reviews on Yelp, Google, and on this website.
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Sonoma County Attorney Jeremy Fietz has recovered over $10,000,000.00 for his motor vehicle accident clients
No question about it: car accidents are traumatic events.
In addition to the injuries they cause, car accidents can turn your life upside-down in a hundred other ways. In addition to finding an attorney, accident victims might need to:
• find a reliable auto repair shop
• find a doctor or a medical specialist
• make alternative travel arrangements
• take time off from work, and/or have a partner take time off from work
• make child-care arrangements
• start a course of physical therapy, occupational therapy, and/or speech therapy
And then there are the thousand other after-effects of an accident, like learning about your pain medication options, consulting with physicians and attorneys, and soliciting the help of your friends and family. All of these things take time, money, and effort.
In short, a car accident can send your life into total disarray.
At Adams Fietz, we handle car accident cases every day, so we know exactly the kind of assistance that our clients need. Here’s a simple guide we’ve put together that will help you get your life back in order after the trauma of a car accident.
Step 1: Call for help
The first thing you should do if you’re in a car accident is report it. Call 911 immediately after the accident occurs. Step 2: Take notes
Immediately after your accident – provided that everyone involved is safe, stable, and out of harm’s way – start taking notes about what happened and how it happened. Talk to your passengers and any onlookers. Use your smartphone to take pictures and record yourself speaking to describe the scene. This kind of on-the-spot evidence-gathering can be of enormous help later on.
For more details on how to take good car-crash notes, see our post HERE.
Step 3: Report everything, in detail, to the emergency responders.
Be detailed and thorough.
Step 4: Consult your doctor.
It’s vitally important that you see your regular doctor as soon as possible after any accident – even if you think you haven’t suffered any injuries. You may have injuries that you don’t know about.
Emergency personnel will examine you, as will any doctors who may see you in a hospital, should you be taken there. But it’s important to see your regular doctor, as he or she will have fuller knowledge of your health history. Your regular doctor is the most qualified person to assess how the accident has affected your physical and/or mental health.
Step 5: Inform your employer
If your injuries will prevent you from working, you need to inform your employer right away.
Step 6: Talk to an attorney.
If one or more other drivers were involved in the accident, you need to speak to an attorney. If the accident was caused by road or infrastructure conditions, you need to speak to an attorney. If the accident was caused by weather conditions, you need to speak to an attorney.
No matter the circumstances of the accident, an attorney will be able to help you determine who or what was at fault, and how you might receive compensation for injuries and damages.
At Adams Fietz, we’ve been handling personal injury cases – including a great many cases involved car accidents – for nearly 20 years.
Your attorney is your advocate, so it is to your benefit to tell him or her everything you can about the accident. Provide all the notes, photos, and recordings that you have taken.
Step 7: Get an assessment of your car’s damage from a trusted mechanic
If your car has been damaged, DO NOT FIX IT RIGHT AWAY. Go to a trusted mechanic and get a full report of the damages, an assessment of their severity, and an estimate of how much it will cost to repair.
If you have a regular mechanic, that’s great. Think of your regular mechanic as your car’s regular doctor: He or she is the person who is best acquainted with the condition of your car, so he or she will know the most about how the accident affected it.
Step 8: Consult with your doctor and your insurance provider about a course of treatment
You may require prolonged therapy for your injuries. If that’s the case, you’ll need to have a paper trail about the specifics of your treatment plan and the healthcare costs you will incur. Make sure that your doctor’s office has your insurance information, and that your insurance company knows about your accident, and how to reach your doctor and any therapists.
Step 9: Talk to your friends and family about post-accident “logistics”
How will you get to the doctor? How and when will you get your car back from the mechanic? Who will take the kids to school and music lessons? Will your partner need to take time off? Who will pick up your medication? How will you buy groceries?
The day-to-day decisions after an accident can be some of the trickiest. Go over them in detail with your friends and family, and don’t be shy about asking for help.
Take careful notes, and make a plan for how you’ll manage your day-to-day life. It’ll make everything a little easier.
Step 10: Work closely with your attorney to plan your case.
Remember, your attorney is your advocate. Your attorney will help you:
• prepare your case for trial
• arrange your medical care, and the payment of your medical care
• keep track of all accident-related expenses
• arrange for any third-party assistance you may need
At Adams Fietz, we pride ourselves in helping our clients every step of the way. With nearly 20 years of experience under our belts, we know how to handle car accident cases, and we’ll bring that expertise to your case.
We believe that no law firm in Sonoma County handles personal injury cases as well as we do.
We hope you’ll find the guides and resources on our website to be helpful.
We hope that you’ll choose to work with us at Adams Fietz.
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