Experienced Car Accident Lawyers in Long Beach, California
With beautiful beach-front fun comes traffic…
People from all around the United States come to visit Long Beach for its sunny beaches and great food. There are so many things to do, like spending an afternoon at the aquarium or attending an event at the convention center. It goes without saying that Long Beach is a tourist hub and those who live there should consider themselves lucky! Many tourists who live close enough to do so often opt to drive to Long Beach so that they can have the freedom to come and go as they please. Those who fly in often rent cars. As more people flock to Long Beach, both to live and to visit, more cars and trucks are ending up on then roadways.
…and with traffic comes car accidents
More cars on the streets doesn’t just mean more traffic and congestion. More cars also generally means more car accidents. People are impatient and sometimes don’t want to wait for a red light so they’ll high tail it through an intersection just as the light is turning from yellow to red. Others like to initiate what is known to Californians as a “California stop,” which is more of a slow roll through a stop sign than an actual stop. Car accidents in intersections are definitely common in Long Beach.
If you’ve ever driven in Long Beach, you know all too well how common tailgating is here. Although Californians in general often ride bumpers, this is especially common in Long Beach. Evidently, people just can’t wait to get to the beach and think following a couple of feet behind another car is going to get them there faster!
What should you do when a car accident in Long Beach interferes with your beach plans?
To put it very lightly, car accidents can get in the way of things. In the fortunate case where you’re only involved in a fender bender, you may find your beach trip delayed a little bit but otherwise, there’s no considerable harm done. All too often, however, car accidents in Long Beach tend to be a lot more serious and cause a lot more damage than a change in your itinerary. The attorneys at The May Firm can really only explain this by saying that people in Long Beach are just impatient and always in too much of a hurry to drive safely.
Get to safety
If you find yourself involved in a car accident, get yourself to safety as quickly as you can. If you’re able to, help others to safety. This usually means getting away from your car so that you don’t risk being struck by another vehicle or burned if your engine catches on fire.
Call the police
Next, call the police. In California, it’s actually a crime to leave the scene of an accident without notifying the police and that is certainly enforced in Long Beach. Even if you were not the person who caused the accident, you could still face criminal charges if you don’t stick around
after the fact. Don’t take this risk! Also, police officers are trained to investigate car accidents and will write a report based on any interviews that they have with people at the scene, photos, their own observations of the scene, and other factors. Usually, these reports will include a
determination of who was at fault for the accident, which can be very helpful if you file a claim against the other driver down the line.
Get medical care
The personal injury lawyers at The May Firm cannot stress this enough: if you’ve been involved in a car accident, go to the hospital – even if you don’t think you’re hurt. We have a lot of experience dealing with injuries that arise from auto wrecks that are not immediately apparent, such as traumatic brain injury (TBI), a spinal cord injury, and complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). Because many of our Long Beach clients have found themselves injured in “t-bone” car accidents in an intersection (usually because someone insists on running a red light) or rear-ended by a tailgater, we know all too well that these types of “hidden” injuries are really common in this city.
Call The May Firm
After you’ve gotten yourself checked out by a doctor, give the personal injury attorneys at The May Firm a call. We have extensive experience handling car accident cases in Long Beach. If you haven’t yet gone to the doctor, you can be sure that our first insistence will be that you do.
After that, we can sit down and talk about the facts of your case and develop a plan of attack. It’s really important that you consult with a car accident lawyer before speaking with any insurance company. Insurance companies – even your own – are not on your side and are more interested in making and holding onto money than making good on your policy and covering the costs of your injuries. They’ll often try to use anything that you say against you. The May Firm’s personal injury lawyers will make sure that you don’t get run over by stingy insurance companies. The May Firm has contacts in Long Beach At The May Firm, we understand that traveling all over the state just to see a doctor can be a really big inconvenience and even impossible for some people. We don’t believe that someone who has been injured in a car accident in Long Beach should have to drive all the way to Fresno just to be seen by a doctor. This is why we have developed a network of doctors and specialists located right in Long Beach so that you can be seen and treated without all of the hassle of traveling.