For most Californians, driving is like breathing - a necessary function for sustaining life that we perform automatically. Driving, although necessary, is not without risks to life and health. If you, or someone you love, have been severely injured in a motor vehicle accident you will find the skills and experience you need in a Sacramento car accident lawyer at John M. O'Brien & Associates.

In 2013, California car accidents resulted in 3,000 fatalities, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, along with innumerable injuries requiring medical treatment, many of them catastrophic and life-altering.

No matter how carefully you drive, or how stringently you observe the law, you have no control over how others drive, and can be injured or killed through someone else's negligence or driving error. When you have been seriously injured or a member of your family has been killed in a California auto accident, your life may never be the same. You may be unable to work, to support your family, and to pay your bills. When your injury or loss was caused by another driver, you are struck by the unfairness and injustice of your suffering and that of your family being no fault of your own. Where is the justice?

When you need help and desire justice following a car accident in California and don't know where to turn, call Sacramento & Elk Grove-based personal injury attorney, John M. O'Brien, for the experienced legal representation that you require. Having the right lawyer working on your behalf is the best way to ensure that you recover compensation for you damages and hold the person responsible for your injury or loss accountable for the harm you've suffered due to their wrongdoing.

12 Steps to Take after a California Car Accident

The things you do (and don't do) can make a significant difference in your ability to recover a sufficient amount of compensation to reflect the full range of your economic and quality of life damages. Here are some tips on the steps you should take when you've been in an auto accident:

  1. Put on your flashers. If possible to do so safely, move your vehicle off the road.
  2. Check the condition of any passengers in your car, then in other vehicles involved.
  3. Call the police and ask to have an officer dispatched to the scene. If an ambulance is needed, let the dispatcher know.
  4. Get contact info, registration, and insurance info from owners, drivers, and passengers in all vehicles.
  5. Get contact info for any witnesses.
  6. Take photos of the accident scene. Include all vehicles, showing point of impact and damage to vehicles. If possible, include a photo of some geographic marker or street sign that will help identify the location.
  7. Do not discuss with anyone who was at fault for the accident or how it happened. Do not apologize for anything. A simple polite apology may be wrongly construed as an admission of fault.
  8. Do not indicate whether or not you've been injured. You might not realize immediately that you're hurt because adrenaline could be masking pain. Also, some injuries are not immediately apparent.
  9. Get medical help. You may need to go to the hospital in an ambulance; otherwise, get to an emergency room, urgent care clinic, or your own doctor. Keep all follow-up appointments. Your medical records are your means of documenting your injuries.
  10. Call John M. O'Brien & Associates and speak to an experienced Sacramento & Elk Grove car accident lawyer.
  11. Do not permit an insurance company representative to obtain a recorded or written statement from you. Do not sign anything for the other driver's insurance company. Do not provide authorizations for medical records unless directed by your attorney to do so. Always refer the insurance adjusters to your lawyer.
  12. Be honest about your injuries. Understand that the insurance company will likely hire an investigator to determine if you are suffering from the impairments you claim.

The Best Attorney for Your Car Accident Case

Choose a car accident lawyer in Sacramento who specializes in personal injury and wrongful death claims, not a general practice attorney. Why? Personal injury law is intricate. A lawyer who specializes in it has the skill, experience, and reputation with insurance companies that can maximize your recovery. Check the attorney's ratings from Martindale-Hubbell and Avvo. Choose a lawyer who is highly experienced and trustworthy. Attorney John M. O'Brien has the highest possible peer rating with Martindale-Hubble, 5/5 or AV Preeminent, and a perfect 10 (superb) Avvo rating.

At John M. O'Brien & Associates, we understand what you are going through, and we know how to help. We are a results-oriented law firm, committed to justice for each and every client we represent. We care about our clients and are always prompt in returning your phone calls and emails. We keep you in the loop at every stage of the process.

Free Consultation at the Law Firm of John M. O'Brien

"If we're contacted by someone who believes they have a claim, there will generally be phone discussions with Brenda or another member of our staff who will get the details of the incident and some of the client's personal information. At that point we will meet with the client for free, to offer a free consultation. We'll go over whether they need an attorney, some of the specifics of the case, and ultimately give them our advice on whether or not they should pursue certain claims and whether they should hire us to pursue those claims on their behalf."

You pay us nothing until your compensation check is issued, and if we don't win money for you, you owe us nothing. The time to file your claim is limited, so contact the Sacramento car accident attorneys at John M. O'Brien & Associates today to schedule a free case evaluation.



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Common Questions

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