Category Archives: Car Accidents

Types of Truck Accidents

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

According to the 2018 report from American Trucking Associations, 11.49 billion tons of freight was transported by large commercial trucks (also referred to as semis, big rigs or tractor-trailers) in 2018. Trucks are on our roads and highways daily and, unfortunately, truck accidents happen due to driver fatigue, mechanical failures, unsafe driving, and other causes such as drug/alcohol use, distracted driving or lack of skill.

Truck accidents involving other vehicles are severe and, often, fatal. Here are the common types of truck accidents that occur.

Head-On: A head-on accident is often due to distracted driving or driver fatigue (drowsiness or falling asleep at the wheel). These accidents usually result in serious injury or death.

Jackknife: A jackknife accident is when a driver brakes fast and the trailer slides outward to a 90-degree angle of the truck cab. This type of accident can cause vehicles behind the truck to collide with the truck or with each other when trying to stop suddenly.

Rollover: A rollover is when a commercial truck loses control and rolls over on its side. These types of accidents may crush other cars on the road.

T-Bone: A T-Bone accident occurs when a truck runs a red light or stop sign and hits a car on its side.

Wide Turn: This type of accident occurs when a truck driver is attempting to turn in one direction but swings out to the other before making the turn. If the truck hits another vehicle while swinging out, the accident is referred to as a wide turn or “swinging turn” accident.

Blind Spot: A big rig has many more blind spots than a regular sized car. A blind spot accident is when a truck driver is changing lanes and is unaware of a car (or cars) in the lane he is going into and as he moves over, he hits the car(s) or forces them off the road.

Underride Accident: An underride accident is when a truck stops abruptly and the car behind it doesn’t stop in time and gets lodged under the truck trailer. These accidents are often fatal.

Tire Blowout: When a tire blowout happens on a truck, it can cause the driver to lose control and/or tire debris can fly out and hit cars around the truck, causing an accident.

Rear-end Collision: If a driver in front of a truck stops suddenly, the truck may have not enough stopping room and will rear-end the car. A rear-end collision between a commercial truck and a car can cause significant damage and injuries.

Our Bakersfield truck accident attorneys have handled hundreds of commercial truck accident cases. In 2019, we obtained a $70.5 million verdict, the highest personal injury verdict in Kern County history, for a family who was driving in an SUV when a big rig ran a red light and slammed into them.

Learn more about the truck case in this video from personal injury attorney Daniel Rodriguez, founder + president of Rodriguez & Associates.

If you are looking for an experienced truck accident attorney, contact us at (661) 323-1400 or toll free (800) 585-9262 to schedule a no-charge consultation.

Posted by Lorrie Ross at 3:42 pm

My Car Accident Claim Was Denied by Insurance – Now What?

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

You’ve been in a car accident that was not your fault. You file a claim with the other party’s auto insurance company for car repairs, medical expenses, and other damages. To your surprise, the claim is denied! As car accident attorneys in Bakersfield, we hear about situations like this a lot.

Why would my car accident claim be denied?

Insurance companies may deny claims for a variety of reasons including believing their client was not at fault in the accident, or that you had a pre-existing medical condition that wasn’t caused by the accident itself, or even that the crash was avoidable. Fortunately, there are ways to fight the denial and get compensated for what you deserve.

Strengthen Your Car Accident Claim

Insurance companies have a legal obligation to act in good faith, meaning that they must honestly and carefully consider every person’s request for compensation. If your original claim was denied, you have a better chance of securing a settlement if you present them with strong evidence about what happened, including:

  • A detailed letter of the events and why you believe the other driver is at fault.
  • Photographs of vehicle damage (all cars involved), the scene of the accident, and your injuries.
  • Medical records and evaluations of any injuries linked to the crash.
  • Copies of the police report.
  • Any witness statements.

Contact an experienced car accident attorney.

It is no secret that dealing with insurance companies can be tricky and complex. Even if you submit all of the above, your claim may still be denied. If this is the case, or if dealing with an insurance company feels overwhelming to you, find a car accident attorney that has experience.

Our personal injury law firm has over 100 years of combined experience helping people to put back together their lives. Contact our Bakersfield motor vehicle attorney accident lawyers if you or a loved one has suffered in any type of car or motor vehicle accident. (661) 323-1400 or (800) 585-9262 toll-Free.

Posted by Lorrie Ross at 2:11 am

Which Pedestrians Are Most at Risk?

Friday, July 17, 2020

Pedestrian safety is a major concern throughout California. Negligent drivers, poor road conditions, and dangerous intersections can increase a pedestrian’s risk of colliding with a motor vehicle while walking in Bakersfield. Certain pedestrians are at higher risk of suffering a severe injury or dying in these accidents, including children, older adults, and joggers.

#1: Child Pedestrians

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 19% of all people killed in pedestrian crashes in 2017 were children aged 14 years and younger. Children are at such a high risk for pedestrian accidents for a number of reasons; they may not understand the rules of the road as well as adults, are smaller and can be easy for a motorist to miss, and may run into the street without warning.

Drivers must be vigilant when traveling through areas where children are present, such as school zones, parks, residential neighborhoods, and behind school buses. Motorists must honor the speed limit and if a school bus stops, they must also stop until all of the children aboard exit safely and the driver continues on his or her route.

#2: Older Pedestrians

Elderly adults are at a higher risk of pedestrian fatalities than many other age groups. According to the NHTSA, 20% of all 2017 pedestrian fatalities involved adults 65 years and older. Adults between the ages of 50 to 54 and 55 to 59 had the highest pedestrian fatality rate in 2017 at 21%.

Older adults are at a higher risk of pedestrian injury for a number of reasons. Many elderly people take walks around their neighborhoods for exercise, or rely on walking and public transportation to get from place to place. Elderly adults may also walk at a slower pace than other pedestrians, and impatient drivers may speed through intersections or make premature turns, leading to a collision.

#3: Alcohol-Impaired Pedestrians

Alcohol plays a large role in many traffic accidents, and drivers are not the only ones who are at risk. According to the NHTSA, approximately 32% of pedestrian fatalities involve a pedestrian who has a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher.

Alcohol can impair judgement, coordination, fine motor skills, concentration, and memory — all of which can increase a pedestrian’s risk of an accident. In addition, pedestrians walking home while under the influence are likely to be traveling at night, and data from the NHTSA shows that the majority of pedestrian fatalities occur during evening hours. 30% of fatalities on the weekends and 20% of fatalities on the weekdays occur between 9pm and 11:59pm.

What Should You Do After a Pedestrian Accident?

The aftermath of a pedestrian accident can be overwhelming, but justice is available for victims of motor vehicle collisions. Under California’s fault-based insurance system, the at-fault driver in your accident must pay for the damages you suffered, which you can claim through his or her insurance or a personal injury lawsuit.

To preserve evidence in your claim, take the following steps after the accident.

  • Seek medical attention immediately and save all documents from your visits.
  • Call 911 and report the accident to law enforcement officers.
  • Exchange contact details with the at-fault driver.
  • Take photographs of your injuries and the area where the accident occurred.
  • If there are any witnesses at the scene, collect their contact information.
  • Speak to a personal injury attorney as soon as possible.

Contacting a Bakersfield pedestrian accident lawyer to assist with your claim is one of the most important steps you can take for your case. Your attorney will guide you through the litigation process, represent your best interests in discussions with the insurance company, and help you secure a sufficient settlement for your needs. If you have not done so already, contact a California pedestrian accident lawyer.

Posted by highrank at 5:46 pm

What Should I Do if I’m Injured on Public Transportation?

Friday, July 10, 2020

Injuries on public transportation can be painful. From falling down when the driver makes an unsafe turn to suffering broken bones and lacerations in a bus crash, these accidents can result in expensive medical costs, long periods of time out of work, and damage to your personal property.

You may choose to file a personal injury lawsuit in civil court to recover compensation for these losses. However, filing a lawsuit requires understanding of liability, California’s common carrier laws, and the potential damages you may be eligible for.

Who Is Liable for a Public Transportation Accident?

The first step to filing a lawsuit for public transportation injuries is to identify the at-fault party in your claim. Your entire case will depend on proving this defendant’s negligence, and you cannot begin the filing process until you identify who is responsible for your injuries.

Liability in public transportation cases can be complex. If a bus driver was responsible for the accident, you will usually file your claim against the state or local government or regional transportation authority who employs him or her.

In cases where a third-party driver is responsible for the accident, you will file the claim directly against him or her. You can either file a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company or a lawsuit in civil court.

California’s Common Carrier Laws

If you are in a car accident while in a motor vehicle, you can collect damages for your injuries by proving the other driver’s negligence. To secure your settlement, you must prove that the at-fault driver owed you a duty of care, breached his or her duty of care to you, and this breach of care directly caused your injuries.

For public transportation accidents, you will still need to prove the at-fault party’s negligence to win your case. However, California law considers all public and private transportation companies to be common carriers and subject to a higher standard of care than a regular driver.

California’s common carrier law requires common carriers to use the utmost care and diligence for the safety of their passengers. In addition, common carriers must provide everything necessary to uphold this duty of care and use a reasonable degree of skill to carry out these requirements.

If a common carrier does not uphold this duty of care, you may be eligible for financial compensation. Common causes of negligence in public transportation cases include the following.

  • Distracted driving
  • Drowsy driving
  • Unnecessary stops and starts
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Failure to maintain public transportation vehicles
  • Inadequate driver training
  • Collisions with another motor vehicle

Immediately following your accident, collect as much evidence as you can to identify its cause. Take pictures and videos, ask witnesses for their contact information, and seek medical attention to receive treatment for your injuries.

Contact an Injury Attorney

One important consideration you must keep in mind for public transportation cases is that the statute of limitations differs in these lawsuits than in other motor vehicle accidents. If you are filing a claim against the government, you must file your lawsuit within six months after the accident or the court will likely dismiss your claim.

This deadline is much shorter than the standard personal injury deadline, which is two years from the date of the accident. To ensure that you meet this statute of limitations, contact a public transportation accident attorney.

Your attorney can provide a number of benefits beyond helping you file your lawsuit. Your lawyer will have a strong knowledge of common carrier and personal injury law, be able to connect you with resources to build your case, and can estimate your damages so you do not accept an insufficient settlement. As soon as possible after your accident, contact your attorney to discuss your legal options.

Posted by highrank at 4:48 pm

What Are the Signs of Negligent Driving?

Thursday, June 25, 2020

California follows a traditional fault-based system when it comes to car accidents, meaning that the person responsible for the collision must pay for the damages of the victims. To prove that the other driver was at-fault, you must establish that he or she engaged in negligent driving at the time of the accident. Proving negligent driving can be difficult, but you can identify this behavior by looking for common signs.

Common Types of Negligent Driving Behaviors

Under the law, all drivers have a responsibility to operate their vehicles safely and follow all applicable traffic rules and regulations. This is known as the driver duty of reasonable care.

To keep everyone on the road safe, drivers must uphold their duty of reasonable care whenever they are behind the wheel. However, some drivers can cause accidents by engaging in negligent driving behaviors.

Common examples of negligent driving include the following.

  • Failure to follow the speed limit: Speed limits are in place for a reason, and it is important for drivers to follow these rules. In addition, drivers have a responsibility to drive at an appropriate speed for the weather conditions, visibility, and road conditions. If a driver operates a vehicle at a higher speed than is reasonably safe, he or she can put other drivers at risk and commit an act of negligence.
  • Violation of California law: All states have laws regarding how drivers should behave on the road, from avoiding drugs and alcohol to yielding the right of way to pedestrians, cyclists, and other drivers. If a driver violates state traffic laws, he or she is engaging in negligent driving.
  • Failure to keep a proper lookout: As a driver, you never know what unexpected hazards or conditions may appear at any given time. Drivers have a duty to watch for pedestrians, drivers, and other road conditions that could lead to a dangerous situation. If a driver doesn’t keep a proper lookout, he or she may lose control of the vehicle, crash into a piece of property, or collide into another driver or person.

How to Prove Negligence in California

The concept of negligence is integral to all personal injury lawsuits and insurance claims involving negligent drivers. To prove the presence of negligence in your car accident, you and your attorney will need to gather evidence to support four important elements.

  • The at-fault driver owed you a duty of care at the time of the crash.
  • The at-fault driver breached his or her duty of care to you.
  • The breach of duty directly caused the accident and your injuries.
  • You can collect damages for your losses through your claim.

As discussed earlier, the at-fault driver can breach his or her duty of reasonable care to you in a number of ways, from speeding to running a stop sign. The driver may also breach his or her duty of care to you by violating California law, such as driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Your attorney will need to conduct an in-depth investigation to determine the exact cause of the crash and why this cause is indicative of negligent driving behaviors. He or she may also use your medical records, expert testimony, witnesses from the scene, surveillance footage, and other pieces of evidence to prove causation and your damages.

Committing an act of negligence while driving can be very dangerous, leading to thousands of dollars in financial damages, severe injuries, and emotional turmoil. If you are the victim of a negligent driver, contact a Bakersfield car accident attorney as soon as possible to discuss your options for compensation.

 

Posted by highrank at 10:11 pm

Tips on Speaking with an Insurance Company After a Car Accident

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Insurance companies work fast after a car accident. Often times, the adjuster will contact people who are involved in an accident the same day or within a few days after the occurrence. You may even receive a call from the other party’s insurance adjuster. We understand how stressful it is after an accident, so we compiled tips for you on how to speak with an insurance company after you have experienced an auto accident.

Find out who you are talking to.

When you receive the phone call, ask for the person’s name, the insurer they work for, their work address, and work telephone number. If they are unable, or unwilling, to provide you with this information, do not speak with them.

Do not agree to a recorded statement.
The adjustor may claim that a recorded statement will “protect you” or speed up your claim process, but a recorded statement can also work against you. The adjustor may ask you leading questions or remarks (i.e. “It sounds like your back injury is not as bad as you thought”) and the answer you respond with may undermine your injury and your compensation.

Limit the information you give to the insurance adjustor.
You may give them general information, including:

  • Your name
  • The name of others in the accident
  • Date and time of accident
  • Location of accident
  • The insurance information of the other driver
  • The make and model of cars involved

Don’t discuss your injuries.
The extent of an injury in a car accident can take weeks or months to become fully apparent. How you state your injury may be used against you at a later date. You do not owe them a progress report. If they ask you how you are doing, you can say that you don’t know the “full extent of the injury yet”.

 Don’t speculate or guess.
If they ask you questions about the accident, and you don’t know the answer, do not speculate or guess what may have happened. It is acceptable to say “I don’t know” or “I don’t remember”.

It is okay to postpone the conversation.
You may decline talking to an insurance adjuster. You have the right to answer their questions with your attorney and you may tell them that you will not talk to them without your attorney present.

If you have suffered an injury or lost a loved one in a car accident, we may be able to help you. Call our Kern County Personal Injury Law Firm at 661-323-1400 or 800-585-9262 (toll free) for a no fee consultation. Our car accident attorneys speak English or Spanish.

Posted by Lorrie Ross at 12:26 pm

Rodriguez & Associates Obtains $70M Verdict

Monday, May 18, 2020

Personal injury attorney, Daniel Rodriguez, along with attorneys Chantal Trujillo and Danay Gonzalez, obtained a $70,578,289 million verdict, the highest personal injury verdict in Kern County history.

A mother with her two children were driving in an SUV when a big rig ran a red light and slammed into her car. The mother and son suffered multiple injuries, while the other child has since suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder from witnessing the accident.

While the truck driver initially said that the mother ran the red light, Rodriguez & Associates was able to obtain footage from a dash camera on a bus that proved the truck driver wrong. In addition, the big rig driver was driving on a suspended license and had 14 prior crashes.

About the case and verdict, Rodriguez said, “It was so satisfying to feel validated.”

At Rodriguez & Associates, we care for our clients like family because, at the end of the day, we are in this together.

If you have been involved in a personal injury related accident and would like a case evaluation, call our Bakersfield personal injury law firm at (661) 323-1400 or 800-585-9262 to schedule a no-charge consultation.

Posted by Lorrie Ross at 8:55 pm

Lane Splitting in California: What You Need To Know

Monday, May 18, 2020

If you’ve ever been stuck in traffic and seen a motorcycle create its own lane by zipping between your car and the one next to you, you’ve witnessed what’s called lane splitting. It’s a common move for motorcyclists on freeways and crowded streets. It also causes its fair share of controversy.

Lane splitting enjoys a special privilege in California, one of the only U.S. states where the move is actually legal. While it’s a time-saver for motorcycle riders and, by some arguments, safer, lane splitting also causes a lot of tension on the roads. If not done correctly and carefully, it’s a risky move, and even when a motorcyclist is doing it responsibly, drivers of surrounding passenger vehicles often find it stressful and confusing.

The move’s legal status in California also complicates the process of determining fault when there is an accident involving lane splitting. Drivers of passenger vehicles should be aware of certain regulations — for motorcyclists and themselves — around lane splitting when they get behind the wheel. In the event of an accident, it is helpful to know these things up front.

Lane Splitting Basics

In 2016, Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 51 into law in California, which officially made lane splitting’s status legal. The law defines lane splitting as “driving a motorcycle, that has 2 wheels in contact with the ground, between rows of stopped or moving vehicles in the same lane, as specified.”

Following the signing of AB 51 into law, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) developed certain guidelines around lane splitting, which were released in 2018. The CHP’s guidelines are meant to somewhat regulate the practice of lane splitting to make it safer for both motorcyclists and other vehicles around them. That said, they are guidelines only — not laws.

For example, there is no law dictating the maximum speed at which a motorcyclist can lane split. Guidelines and officers of the CHP have said a motorcyclist should be going no more than 10 miles per hour over the speed of other vehicles. So if slow-moving traffic on the freeway is inching along at 20 mph, a motorcyclist should not be lane splitting faster than 30 mph. Motorcyclists should never go above 50 mph while lane splitting. They should also split on the far left lane and avoid splitting next to large vehicles (buses, big rigs).

While none of these things are law, police can still ticket a motorcyclist that is driving recklessly while lane splitting. Riding on the shoulder of the road or freeway is illegal and never considered lane splitting.

The CHP also notes in its guidelines that “Lane splitting can be dangerous and extreme caution should be exercised” and that “The risk of death or serious injury during a lane splitting collision increases as speed and speed differential increases.”

Car Accidents and Lane Splitting

If you are in an accident with a motorcyclist that was lane splitting, be prepared for a complex journey in terms of filing a claim. In other states, where lane splitting is illegal, the fault would obviously lie with the motorcyclist that was lane splitting. Because of the move’s legal status in California, determining liability isn’t a clear-cut process.

In such an accident, any number of parties could be to blame: the motorcyclist, the other driver, even local government agencies.

As mentioned above, a motorcyclist can still be ticketed if they are driving recklessly while lane splitting. In the event of a crash, they could be held liable if they were not following the CHP’s guidelines. For example, the CHP’s guidelines instruct motorcycle drivers to avoid other cars’ blind spots. If your accident occurs because the biker was lane splitting in your blind spot, they might be at fault.

On the other hand, drivers of other vehicles need to make sure they are following a few rules themselves.

While lane splitting can be frustrating for drivers of passenger vehicles, because it is legal in the state of California, you cannot intentionally block someone from lane splitting. In fact, it is illegal to do so. If you are doing this and an accident happens, you could be held partially or even fully responsible for the crash.

Drivers should also be on the lookout for motorcyclists before they change lanes, and always use their car’s signals when turning or switching lanes. While these are common-sense practices in most driving situations, they are important to follow when it comes to sharing the road with those on motorcycles.

Sometimes, the fault lies elsewhere, like with the government. A great example of this is poorly maintained roads. If the road itself is not kept in good repair by the state of California, which in turn makes it more difficult for the motorcyclist to switch lanes, the fault of the accident could lie with a government agency.

More often than not, the fault will lie with no one single party and will be a combination of multiple factors. However, in order to receive the compensation you deserve after this type of accident, it is best to consult an attorney. This person should not only have experience with car and motorcycle accidents, they should ideally have handled past cases involving lane splitting. Determining fault and filing a claim for compensation especially in this case can be a challenging process. To minimize your frustrations, seek the help of an experienced professional.

Rodriguez & Associates has long been committed to helping drivers protect their rights and receive the compensation they deserve from motorcycle accidents. If you or a loved one has been involved in a crash, please reach out to us today ((661) 323-1400) for a free consultation.

Posted by Lorrie Ross at 5:04 pm

I Was Hit While Jaywalking – Can I still Recover Compensation?

Friday, May 15, 2020

In Bakersfield, traffic lights and signs are in place for a reason. This critical infrastructure keeps drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians alike safe on the road — and jaywalking can put your life in danger. However, if you suffer an injury while jaywalking, you may still recover compensation for your injuries.

Comparative Negligence in Pedestrian Accident Cases

Pedestrian accident lawsuits rely on the theory of negligence to prove that the at-fault party is responsible for the victim’s damages. To successfully claim compensation for the damages you suffer in a pedestrian accident, you and your attorney will need to collect evidence to support the following four elements.

  • The driver owed you a duty to drive safely and follow traffic laws.
  • The driver breached this duty of care.
  • You suffered injuries as a direct result of this breach of care.
  • You can collect compensatory damages for your injuries.

These elements may seem straightforward, but if you also breached your duty of care as a pedestrian to follow traffic laws, you may share a portion of the liability. California follows a pure comparative negligence rule in these situations.

California courts allow you to collect damages for your injuries even if you share 99% of the fault in the situation. However, the court will reduce your final award by the portion of the liability you hold.

For example, if you are seeking $20,000 for your damages and the court assigns you 50% of the fault because you were jaywalking, you will receive $10,000 at the conclusion of your case.

Can You File a Pedestrian Accident Claim If You Were Jaywalking?

If you are in a collision with a motor vehicle while walking around Bakersfield, you have two main pathways to compensation. You can file an insurance claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company, or you can file a personal injury lawsuit in California civil court.

You can still bring these legal actions against the at-fault driver in your accident, even if you were jaywalking. However, the fact you were jaywalking will impact your case. The insurance adjuster or the at-fault party’s defense may use this evidence to either deny your claim or reduce your award.

To combat these claims, contact a Bakersfield pedestrian accident attorney who can defend you from these arguments and advocate for your compensation needs. Through a thorough investigation and a strong negligence claim, you can increase your chances at securing a settlement with an attorney on your side — even if you do share a portion of the fault.

Should You Hire an Attorney for Your Pedestrian Accident Claim?

If you were jaywalking at the time of your accident, proving your need for damages can be very complex. Attorneys and insurance companies may claim that you were at-fault for the accident, and either reduce or deny your settlement altogether. With medical expenses, lost wages, and many more losses on the line, this compensation is crucial to your recovery.

Contact a pedestrian accident attorney as soon as possible following your collision. Your attorney will conduct a thorough investigation into your claim and help you identify optimal pathways to maximum compensation. In addition, your attorney can advise you on which legal options are best for your case.

Speak to your lawyer today to discuss your claim and strategize your next steps.

Posted by highrank at 9:47 pm

What Are the Psychological Effects of Being in a Car Accident?

Friday, May 8, 2020

The aftermath of a car accident can be physically painful — but many of us tend to overlook the psychological impacts these collisions can have. From the development of mental health conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder to long-lasting impacts on our daily activities, the mental toll of a car accident can be overwhelming. However, you do have legal options available to recover from this psychological damage.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder After a Car Accident

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that involves overwhelming feelings of fear, uneasiness, or anxiety following a traumatic event. These emotions are common after a car crash, but if they linger or become stronger, they can impact your daily activities and make it difficult to enjoy activities you once loved.

Symptoms of PTSD after a collision often include the following:

  • Uncontrollable flashbacks or memories about the car accident
  • A constant feeling of uneasiness
  • Overwhelming feelings of rage or worry
  • Anxiety around driving or riding in a motor vehicle
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Nightmares
  • A feeling of disconnection in regard to events or people

Who Is at Risk for Developing PTSD?

According to a study from the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately 39.2% of car accident survivors develop PTSD following a collision — a shockingly high number. In addition, psychological experts state motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of PTSD in the general American population.

You may be at a higher risk of developing PTSD after a car crash if you have a history of prior trauma or mental health conditions. In addition, if you experience high levels of emotion such as fear or helplessness during or immediately after a car accident, your PTSD development risk may also increase. A lack of social support after the accident may also aggravate this condition.

What Treatment Options Are Available for PTSD?

If you believe you developed PTSD after a car accident, it is important to seek mental health treatment as soon as possible. Your doctor or psychiatrist will help you identify your condition and create a symptom management plan, which may include medication, therapy, and other forms of treatment.

Paying for this necessary treatment can be difficult, even with health insurance. However, a personal injury lawsuit or insurance claim can help you pay for damages associated with your car accident, including the cost of mental health care.

Economic damages can cover the cost of medications, therapy appointments, and other psychiatric treatment. Non-economic damages can compensate you for the emotional pain and suffering you endure as a result of the PTSD, along with other psychological impacts such as anxiety, depression, and a loss of quality of life.

Do You Need an Attorney for Your Bakersfield Car Accident Claim?

If you are suffering emotional, physical, and financial damages following a car accident, you need a Bakersfield car accident attorney on your side who can advocate aggressively on your behalf. Hiring a car accident lawyer can benefit your case in a number of ways, including access to a wide network of resources, well-honed negotiation skills, and knowledge of personal injury law.

Contact your car accident attorney today to discuss your case and determine which pathway to compensation is right for you.

Posted by highrank at 9:35 pm