Everything You Need To Know About Motor Vehicle Accidents

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Drunk driving accidents are widely considered as serious offenses in the U.S. In San Francisco, culprits are liable to hefty penalties, considerable jail time or both in certain circumstances. So you recently went clubbing with your friends and stayed up till the early morning hours. Based on your current state of mind, you ultimately decide to take the wheel and commence your journey back home. However, a negligent driver unexpectedly crashes onto your vehicle exposing you to catastrophic injuries in the worst case scenario. In such a situation, you might easily lose your cool and make irrational decisions.

Rather than aggravate the situation, it is in your best interests to assess the extent of injuries sustained before approaching the guilty party. In most cases, perpetrators are more likely to flee the scene rather than handle the situation with a calm mind. In such a case, promptly obtain the details regarding the culprit as substantial evidence in court. As an aggrieved party, ensure that you have captured the license plate number with a full description of the car and its occupants. Having obtained such information, do not hesitate to contact the police and provide them with a detailed account of the car accident.

Sustaining injuries from a car accident can be a traumatizing experience, no doubt. As much as you may have been victimized, it is advisable not to confront the perpetrator to ensure your safety. Additionally, park your vehicle somewhere safe away from incoming vehicles to prevent huge traffic snarl-ups. On the other hand, fleeing from a hit and run accident can only worsen your defense especially when cameras can record your escape.

As the plaintiff, make sure your vehicle is covered by property insurance to protect you against such accidents. Even in the absence of a property insurance cover, you might still obtain compensation if the court is provided with sufficient evidence to back your lawsuit. On the other hand, mass transit accidents have gained a notorious reputation in recent years. The resulting injuries and fatalities from such accidents can reach alarming figures in the absence of immediate medical aid. Since crashes between 18-wheelers and private cars are the leading causes of mass transit accidents, try sticking to an alternative lane on the highway.

Before matters get too complex, get in touch with an experienced San Francisco motor vehicle accident attorney for reliable legal assistance.

Jeffrey R. Smith

Jeffrey R. Smith

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Robert B. Waldsmith

Robert J. Waldsmith

Partner, 1999

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William B. Smith

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