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Injured in a Car Accident During a Road Trip?

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If you are injured in a car accident, there are quite a few things that you need to do, whether you are in your hometown or on a road trip to anywhere, like San Diego for instance. Once the immediate stress and trauma of the accident have passed, there are quite a few issues that need to be addressed promptly.

Injuries

There are all sorts of common injuries that can occur when you are in a vehicular accident. The most common ones are brain and head or neck injuries. These can be quite debilitating depending on the severity of them. There might not even be any visible signs that you are injured. Your brain might have gotten shaken up a bit in your skull, and this can cause bruising, swelling, and even bleeding in the brain. Neck injuries could be anything from whiplash to an injury to the discs or even cervical dislocation.

Don’t forget about the spinal cord, back, facial, and internal injuries as well, and that doesn’t even touch on the psychological injuries.

All of this means that you need to tend to any injuries sustained in the accident first. Injuries that are caused by vehicular accidents differ from other types of injuries. They require proper and immediate medical diagnosis, treatment, and care, typically followed up with chiropractic or physical therapy treatment. For that reason, you need to be checked out not just by the emergency room physician, but you should also have a complete and thorough examination by a doctor whose specialty is in dealing with the type of blunt trauma that is the result of a car accident.

Get Legal Counsel

It is critical that your primary focus after an accident is to seek medical help for your injuries so that you will recover. To be able to do this, you will need to devote both your attention and your time to getting the proper care instead of dealing with insurance companies. Make sure you focus on local companies. If you live in San Diego, look for San Diego professionals. For this reason, and to ensure that you get fully compensated and are acutely aware of your rights, you should contact a car accident and injury lawyer in the San Diego or Southern California region.

No matter where the accident occurred, whether you are close to home or on a road trip to see the sights in San Diego, it is critical that you obtain the services of an attorney who is local to the area where the accident occurred. This is because he will be extremely knowledgeable regarding the relevant laws and any procedural rules that can have an effect on your case.

A good attorney will be aware of the time limits that can and will keep you from taking the at fault driver to court. For example, in California, you have to file suit within only two years of the accident, or you will never be able to at all. Attorneys will also be able to let you know if there are any special exceptions to these time limits, like for minors.

Aside from that, the attorney will take over the tedious task of dealing with the insurance companies so that you don’t have to. They have the experience that is necessary to get the evidence that is needed, including witness statements and police reports, bills and medical records, as well as information regarding lost wages and employment. They will then try to settle with the insurance companies first. If the insurance companies don’t meet a settlement, the attorney will then proceed to represent you in court.

Safety First

Accidents happen for many reasons and during the holiday season, there are even more hazards on the road than usual. Since smartphones have become such an everyday item, accidents happen more than ever. People who drive while distracted by their phones are more prone to cause an accident than people who are paying attention to the road and their surroundings. For this reason, it is imperative that you be vigilant and pay close attention, not just to the roads and your surroundings, but even to the other drivers.

Be safe on the roads. If the unthinkable happens, get the help you need… both medically and legally.

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