Intersection Accidents in Oakland
Oakland Personal Injury Lawyer
The more people and cars around, the greater the likelihood of an accident. Nothing brings more people and cars together than crosswalks and intersections. Other than improper lane changes and speeding, not paying attention at intersections is probably the most common cause of traffic accidents in San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose and the surrounding areas. There are a series of very straightforward rules regarding who has the right of way at intersections. These rules govern when you can make a left turn, when you can make a right turn and when you can go straight. Despite the fact that the rules are clear, there are numerous accidents at intersections.
Pursuing Compensation for Victims
The most likely issue that will be contested in any intersection accident is who had the right of way. Answering this questions means undertaking a serious investigation into the accident. Surveillance tape may be available; witnesses may need to be tracked down. At Clancy & Diaz, our Oakland personal injury attorneys are able to track down that crucial evidence and help our clients injured in intersection accidents. If necessary, we can even have an accident reconstruction specialist perform an analysis of your intersection accident and answer the most important question – who had the right of way?
We understand the complex challenges you face after a serious personal injury. Not only do you have to deal with your injuries, but you also have to deal with insurance companies, medical bills, lost income and medical appointments. We will handle each aspect of your case, from helping you making sure your car is fixed right to dealing with medical bills.
What to Do if You are in an Intersection Accident
- Seek Immediate Medical Attention. Go to the emergency room or an urgent care clinic as soon as you can. Even if you do not feel pain or discomfort, it is smart to have a medical doctor look you over, as symptoms sometimes do not arise for days or even weeks. This does not mean manufacturing claims; it just means being proactive. Delaying treatment can be costly in many ways – go to the doctor!
- Documentation is King. Take photos every day, and keep all of them. Make a photo journal of your injuries. Take notes every day about how you are feeling.
- Limit Communication With the Insurance Company. You are not required to talk to the claims handler for the other driver; tell them you are retaining an attorney. Often it is best if you wait and let your attorney do the talking for you.
- Contact a Personal Injury Attorney. Clancy & Diaz will take over all contact and discussions with the insurance company. The insurance company’s goal is to get you to settle for as little money as possible. They will likely offer you a small settlement – in exchange for a release. Once you have signed that release, your claim is finished – even if your medical treatment is not!