According to the CDC, almost 2,200 teens died in car crashes in the United States during 2013 and almost 242,300 teens suffered injuries in car crashes. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in America. However, teen drivers are not always the cause of these accidents. In many car crashes, teens suffer injuries due to another driver’s negligent, careless, or reckless actions. Protect your child’s rights by consulting with a car accident attorney as soon as possible following a car crash.
Has Your Child Been Injured in a Car Crash?
Get assistance from an experienced Carlsbad car accident attorney. Gordon R. Levinson of The Levinson Law Group represented some of the largest insurance groups in the country. Now he uses the insider knowledge and experienced he gained from representing these companies to protect the rights of accident victims. If your child is suffering from injuries sustained in a car crash, contact The Levinson Law Group today for a free consultation.
For your free consultation, call (760) 642-5475 today. We accept cases on a contingent fee. That means that if there is no recovery in your case you pay no fee. And in most cases, we even advance the costs.
Steps to Take After Your Child Has Been Injured in a California Car Crash
As with any car crash, the first step is seeking medical attention. The health of your child is the most important thing you need to focus on after a car crash. Even if you do not believe your child suffered injuries because of the car crash, have your child seen by a doctor as soon as possible. Your child could have suffered injuries that are not readily apparent such as a closed head injury, whiplash, or internal injuries.
Pay very close attention to your child’s complaints during the days and weeks after a car crash. It is likely that your child will be sore and complain of aches and pains; however, those symptoms could indicate a much more serious injury. If any symptoms persist or increase in severity, seek immediate medical attention to prevent an injury from becoming life-threatening.
- Protection From Aggressive Insurance Companies
The second step is to contact a Carlsbad car accident attorney. The Levinson Law Group provides free legal consultations and case evaluations to injury victims. The insurance company for the other driver will ask for a written or recorded statement from you and/or your child. It is not in your best interest to provide any type of statement until you consult with our office. A completely innocent statement made by your child could greatly harm his or her accident claim if it is twisted and misrepresented by the insurance company.
Insurance companies also ask for signed medical releases to “verify injuries.” This is another tactic used by the insurance company to obtain information it can use to lower the amount it must pay to settle your accident claim. If the insurance company can produce evidence of a prior injury or medical condition, it can use this to argue the current injuries are not a direct result of just the car crash.
- Accident Investigation
It is vital to begin a thorough and comprehensive accident investigation to identify and preserve key evidence. In order to receive compensation for injuries, you must prove the other driver caused the collision. Our car accident attorney needs to begin the accident investigation as soon as possible before evidence is lost or destroyed. We also want to obtain eyewitness statements while the details of the crash are fresh.
- Valuing a Car Crash Claim
Valuing an accident claim correctly is an important step in protecting your child’s right to receive full compensation for his or her injuries. An experienced car accident attorney understands valuing a claim too early can reduce the amount of compensation. Our car accident attorney understands how to value your child’s accident claim correctly to protect your child’s right to a fair and full settlement.