Our Accident Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a lawyer for my car accident claim? What does comparative fault mean? How can I pay my medical bills while I wait for a settlement? We answer questions like these and many more in our collection of frequently asked questions. We invite you to browse today.
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  • How do I get a rental car after a car accident in California?

    If you were injured in a car accident you have endless things to take care of. You may be wondering how to get to work after your car was damaged in an accident. Most personal injury law firms will not help you with things like arranging a rental car. At Case Barnett Law we always help our clients to make sure they are able to do the most important thing after an accident: heal. 

    Often times, the insurance company for the negligent driver will take a really long time to get you a rental car. Here, we discuss how to handle getting a rental car without waiting on the negligent driver's insurance for weeks.

    How Can You Get a Rental Car Using Your Own Insurance?

    In California, rental car coverage is an option that you can add to your policy. It is called "rental reimbursement" coverage and it pays for a car rental when your own car is being repaired after an accident. You must check your policy or call your insurance company to see if you have rental reimbursement coverage. If you do have this type of coverage you should investigate what the daily limit is on cost. This will insure that you select a rental car that is covered without having to pay the difference out of pocket. 

    How Can You Get a Rental Car Using the At-Fault Driver's Insurance?

    If you don't have rental reimbursement coverage and the other driver was at fault, you can use the negligent driver's insurance company to provide you with a rental car. In order to do this you must first open a claim. Once a claim is open the adjuster will work with you to arrange a rental car. This option, although sometimes the only way to have a rental car paid for, can take days or weeks.  

    If your car is a total loss the at-fault insurance company may only let you stay in a rental car for a few days after they make you an offer on your car's fair market value. Be careful. Insurance companies are notorious at taking a rental car away from an injured person who is then left having no replacement vehicle lined up. 

    If you have no rental reimbursement coverage and the other drive is found not at-fault, you will need to make other arrangements to pay for your rental car. 

    Are you having problems getting a rental car following an accident? Do you need to file a claim for compensation with the negligent driver’s insurance company? Our experienced accident attorneys are here to explain your legal options, help you handle paying your medical bills, and negotiate your settlement with the insurance company for you. Call our office today to schedule a free consultation.

    Need More Help? Get Our Accident Book for Free!

    If you want more information on having the strongest accident claim possible, download a FREE instant copy of our book The 7 Biggest Mistakes that Can Ruin Your Accident ClaimYou can also download our free guide, Ten Mistakes People Make When Dealing With Doctors After an Accident

    If you want to speak to someone at our office call us at (949) 861-2990. 

     

  • What are the first steps I should take after an accident?

    When you are involved in a car collision, it is important that you immediately or as soon as possible have your car examined for any defects in the car. There might be something wrong with your car that you don't know about because of this collision that could create greater danger, greater exposure to your own safety.

    There are a couple different paths to take to get your car fixed. In any motor collision case, you have to inform your insurance company of the accident. It is easiest and cleanest to first go through your own insurance company, and they can do the heavy lifting of going after the other individual's insurance company to get reimbursed and to get your deductible reimbursed. Sometimes people have a problem paying their initial deductible. In that situation, we work very hard to try to get the other party to take responsibility and to pay the money as quickly as possible. So there are really two different routes depending on each individual potential client's situation and their desires.

    Typically in an auto accident, the car repair costs are going to get covered by either your own insurance company or the other parties' insurance company. It is really going to be driven by which insurance companies are you dealing with and what kind of insurance do you have and what your deductible is.

    If your car is totaled out, you end up being in a very difficult spot. You are never going to get full value for the value of your car when it gets totaled out. The insurance companies use blue book value, they will also pull some advertisements to show what different cars are selling, but it never properly reimburses you for the value of your car. You are not entitled to a jury trial over the value of your car, you are only entitled to arbitration. Arbitrations are very difficult to win. You just have an individual, one person making the decision on the value of your car and it is rarely worth the cost and time of fighting over that.

    An individual who has been injured in an auto accident is entitled to receive damages for both non-economic and economic injuries. The economic injuries would be things like medical bills, both past and future, lost wages. Anything that you can put a hard number that is a loss, a damage. The non-economic damages are more difficult to quantify because there is not a hard number that attaches to each one. This is where it is important to know the individual's story. Know who they were before the accident and how the accident has changed them after. And the non-economic damages are one of those things that are very difficult for people to articulate and difficult for people to understand and appreciate who haven't been involved in an injury case. But it is one of the things we work really hard on in learning the client's story and learning how this accident has affected them and explaining to a jury or an adjuster or whoever we have to, why this case is different than the other hundred cases they are dealing with. Why this case's non-economic value so high.

    When a person can get compensated after an auto accident is largely determined by how serious their injuries are. We don't want to resolve a case until we have a real good idea that the injuries someone has suffered are what we called permanent and stationary or at least we know what these injuries are going to look like when they are permanent and stationary. You can't properly evaluate a case until you know how bad the accident has affected the client. So it could be anywhere from four months to four years.

    If you are hit by an uninsured driver, don't panic. We take a look at your insurance policy, and when you look at your insurance policy, most policies carry a section that says uninsured or underinsured coverage. The first place you look is there to make sure that you have underinsured or uninsured coverage and to see what the amount is, to see if it is something that is actually going to help you or something that is just barely going to get you by.

    Need More Help? Get Our Accident Book for Free!

    If you want more information on having the strongest accident claim possible, download a FREE instant copy of our book The 7 Biggest Mistakes that Can Ruin Your Accident ClaimYou can also download our free guide, Ten Mistakes People Make When Dealing With Doctors After an Accident

    If you want to speak to someone at our office call us at (949) 861-2990. 

  • What are the first steps I should take after an accident?

    When you are involved in a car collision, it is important that you immediately or as soon as possible have your car examined for any defects in the car. There might be something wrong with your car that you don't know about because of this collision that could create greater danger, greater exposure to your own safety.

    There are a couple different paths to take to get your car fixed. In any motor collision case, you have to inform your insurance company of the accident. It is easiest and cleanest to first go through your own insurance company, and they can do the heavy lifting of going after the other individual's insurance company to get reimbursed and to get your deductible reimbursed. Sometimes people have a problem paying their initial deductible. In that situation, we work very hard to try to get the other party to take responsibility and to pay the money as quickly as possible. So there are really two different routes depending on each individual potential client's situation and their desires.

    Typically in an auto accident, the car repair costs are going to get covered by either your own insurance company or the other parties' insurance company. It is really going to be driven by which insurance companies are you dealing with and what kind of insurance do you have and what your deductible is.

    If your car is totaled out, you end up being in a very difficult spot. You are never going to get full value for the value of your car when it gets totaled out. The insurance companies use blue book value, they will also pull some advertisements to show what different cars are selling, but it never properly reimburses you for the value of your car. You are not entitled to a jury trial over the value of your car, you are only entitled to arbitration. Arbitrations are very difficult to win. You just have an individual, one person making the decision on the value of your car and it is rarely worth the cost and time of fighting over that.

    An individual who has been injured in an auto accident is entitled to receive damages for both non-economic and economic injuries. The economic injuries would be things like medical bills, both past and future, lost wages. Anything that you can put a hard number that is a loss, a damage. The non-economic damages are more difficult to quantify because there is not a hard number that attaches to each one. This is where it is important to know the individual's story. Know who they were before the accident and how the accident has changed them after. And the non-economic damages are one of those things that are very difficult for people to articulate and difficult for people to understand and appreciate who haven't been involved in an injury case. But it is one of the things we work really hard on in learning the client's story and learning how this accident has affected them and explaining to a jury or an adjuster or whoever we have to, why this case is different than the other hundred cases they are dealing with. Why this case's non-economic value so high.

    When a person can get compensated after an auto accident is largely determined by how serious their injuries are. We don't want to resolve a case until we have a real good idea that the injuries someone has suffered are what we called permanent and stationary or at least we know what these injuries are going to look like when they are permanent and stationary. You can't properly evaluate a case until you know how bad the accident has affected the client. So it could be anywhere from four months to four years.

    If you are hit by an uninsured driver, don't panic. We take a look at your insurance policy, and when you look at your insurance policy, most policies carry a section that says uninsured or underinsured coverage. The first place you look is there to make sure that you have underinsured or uninsured coverage and to see what the amount is, to see if it is something that is actually going to help you or something that is just barely going to get you by.

    Need More Help? Get Our Accident Book for Free!

    If you want more information on having the strongest accident claim possible, download a FREE instant copy of our book The 7 Biggest Mistakes that Can Ruin Your Accident ClaimYou can also download our free guide, Ten Mistakes People Make When Dealing With Doctors After an Accident

    If you want to speak to someone at our office call us at (949) 861-2990.