Insurance Companies and Motor Vehicle Accidents
Some strong words of advice from Bryman & Apelian attorneys
Dealing with an insurance company following a car, truck or motorcycle accident is dangerous. While you or your insurance company needs to report your accident to the California Department of Motor Vehicles within 10 days of its occurrence, your insurance company does not have your best interests in mind. Your insurance company may try to take advantage of your distress over the accident to have you accept a settlement or payout lower than what you are actually owed or entitled to. Once you accept such an offer you cannot take it back. You are stuck!
With its headquarters located in Calabasas, California, the auto accident attorneys from The Law Office of Bryman & Apelian know all of the tricks and tactics insurance companies use to fool accident victims into taking settlements less than what they deserve, or no settlement at all. Bryman & Apelian are here to help you stand up for your rights. As soon as you hire us, we handle all communications with insurance companies and their lawyers, and we do not let their lawyers intimidate or coerce you into accepting a settlement unless it is in your best interest.
Important items to keep in mind following an accident
- Statements you make at the scene of an accident or to an insurance company will harm your case. Aside from your initial conversation with your insurer to report the accident, do not give any further statements or talk to them about your damaged property or injuries. You may not know the full extent of your injuries or have an accurate figure of the cost to repair your vehicle in the days or weeks following your accident, but any comments you make to an insurance adjuster can be used against you. Even if it is your own insurance company
- Signing documents from the insurance company may be signing away your rights. You should send all documents from your insurance company to our law firm for review. Insurance companies often trick unsuspecting policyholders into giving up their ability to file a lawsuit against a negligent party by persuading them a quick settlement is better. Do not let this happen to you.
- The insurance company's assessment of the damage done to your car may not be accurate. The damage report your insurance adjuster gives regarding the amount of money it will take to fix your car may not be accurate. Obtaining a third party assessment of your vehicle's damage can give you a better idea of whether your car is a total loss or how much repairs will actually cost.
Contact our law firm to work with a highly experienced auto accident lawyer
The Law Office of Bryman & Apelian represents car, truck and motorcycle accident victims in the Simi Valley, Bakersfield, Fresno, Los Angeles, Burbank, Sherman Oaks, Glendale, Ventura, the San Fernando Valley, Canoga Park, Van Nuys, EL Monte, Covina, Studio city, Oakland, Stockton, San Francisco, Orange County and northern and southern California areas. We keep flexible office hours, offer home appointments and operate on a contingency fee basis. You pay us absolutely nothing unless we win your case.
Reach out to our attorneys online or simply call us at 818.225.5151 to schedule a free consultation if you or someone you know has been in a motor vehicle accident.