Car Accident Lawyer
We will fight for you
I was hit on the freeway by an uninsured motorist and decided to hire a lawyer to help navigate the complex maze of dealing with my own insurance company. Hiring Ray Padilla as my attorney was the best choice possible. He offered excellent education and guidance and his extensive legal expertise with his calm and supportive manner. Having a lawyer such as Ray Padilla represent my interests was my only avenue to receive a fair settlement. I was awarded the settlement I deserved only because I was represented by such an excellent attorney.
I had no idea where to begin after being rear ended. Ray was extremely helpful and full of knowledge. Ray always answered my phone calls or emails no matter the day or time. He helped and explained every step of the process. Even if he doesn’t handle certain cases, he gets your information and will assist in finding an attorney that will take your case. A wonderful, kindhearted, helpful man. Thank you for helping us!
Ray is an excellent lawyer with great attention to detail! His dedication to my case was evident in both the extent of work he performed and the end result he helped me achieve. He is clearly knowledgeable about the law but is also down to earth and easy to communicate with. I would absolutely recommend him to anyone with an injury case!
I was 5 minutes from my fire station when I got rear ended and was out of work for 5 months. Ray was such a big help in recovering my lost wages during that time period. He guided me through how to handle the case as well as give the best options for the best outcome. Great working with him.
Safety is most important
The most important consideration in any car accident should always be your safety and that of the other people involved. If it is safe to do so, make sure that everyone in your car and the other cars involved are safe. Be mindful of where your car ended up to make sure it is safe to get out of the car. Look around to see if there is any fuel or combustible fluids coming out of the car – if there is, get away from the vehicle to a safe distance. If emergency assistance is necessary, be sure to call 911 right away.
Call the Police
Assuming that emergency services haven’t already been called because of injuries, call the police. You would be surprised how often the person who was clearly at fault either denies being at fault or agrees to being at fault and later changes his or her story. Police reports will go along way to helping determine who was at fault. It has been our experience that lately, police officers are refusing to write police reports if there are no injuries. Politely request that they still do so even if the injuries sustained aren’t too severe.
Seek medical attention right away
Being involved in a car accident is a traumatic experience. People are scared, happy to be alive, wired with adrenaline and a hundred other emotions shortly after. Because of this, sometimes injuries go ignored or unnoticed. Furthermore, some injuries and symptoms don’t begin to develop until hours, days and sometimes weeks later. Insurance companies love learning that treatment wasn’t sought right away or that it was delayed days or weeks. They’ll use that to argue that no injuries occurred as a result of the car accident. Having the proper treatment and documentation of such treatment is extremely helpful in the fight for just compensation for your injuries.
Get as much information as you can including names, addresses, contact information, plate number and insurance information of the other driver(s). As long as it is safe to do so, take photos of the damage to the vehicles, skid marks on the road (or lack thereof), and anything else that may look suspicious or related to the crash. Look for witnesses who may have seen the car accident and get their contact information and a short version of what they saw.
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