Category Archives: Car Accidents

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… Am I Liable?

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. If you suffer an injury while jaywalking, even if you were not at-fault for the accident, you can harm your chances at recovering compensation for these damages.

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.

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.

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

Questions to Ask an Attorney After a Car Accident

Monday, May 4, 2020

If you or a loved one has been involved in a serious car accident, and feel like you have a case, you most likely have many questions to ask an attorney. Our Bakersfield car accident attorneys have decades of experience with car accident cases and have compiled a list of the most popular questions – and our answers – to help you navigate through this uncertain time.

How long do I have to file a personal injury claim?

You have two years from the date of the car accident to file your claim.

What if the other driver does not have insurance?

In the state of California, most auto insurance policies have uninsured motorist coverage. This means that your insurance company will compensate for damages incurred from the accident.

Can you tell me how much my car accident claim is worth?

There are many factors to consider when estimating the value of a claim. (Read our past blog post to see the breakdown of how value is determined.) As we work through your case, we will have a better idea of how much your settlement may be.

What is your law firm’s plan for my car accident case?

When our Bakersfield car accident attorneys take on a car accident claim, we formulate a plan that takes into account:

  • The extent of the injuries as a result of the accident
  • If there are multiple liable parties
  • If the liable parties are individual drivers or corporations
  • Which insurance companies cover the liable parties

As we build our case, our attorneys will be able to present you with a general plan but know that plans can always change, for a variety of reasons.

I have been injured in a car accident – how do I pay for my medical bills?

California is a fault auto accident state. That means that the at-fault driver is responsible for paying for the damages in the accident. However, you may have to pay for medical bills first and/or use your private health care insurance for coverage until a settlement is reached. Note that after a settlement is made, your health insurance company may request reimbursement out of your final settlement. Your attorney will help you navigate through this.

How much will attorney services cost me?
At Rodriguez & Associates, there is no out-of-pocket payment until we win or settle your case.

If you are looking for a car accident attorney in Bakersfield and surrounding areas, contact us for a no-charge consultation (661-323-1400 or 800-585-9262).

Posted by Lorrie Ross at 7:38 pm

The Importance of Evidence in Trucking Accidents

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Accidents that involve a car and a truck, such as a big rig (also referred to as a tractor-trailer), often result in more catastrophic injuries and/or death because of the sheer difference in size and weight of both vehicles. If you are involved in a truck accident, it is important to have an expert truck accident attorney on your side because the case can be complicated. Your attorney must be familiar with state and federal transportation laws, motor vehicle carrier rules, and also the trucking company’s safety rules. In addition to this, your attorney must recognize the importance of collecting evidence early on in the case. This evidence can help build value into your case to work towards your advantage, and includes:

Evidence about the driver:

  • The truck driver’s qualifications file and the training file
  • The driver inspection records
  • Post-collision drug and alcohol screening
  • The driver’s log – close examination can determine if the driver has falsified their log. Drivers report inaccurate data for many reasons – including earning more money for driving more miles in a short amount of time, off-the-books incentives (bonuses) from their employer for “good service” by delivering their load early; or trying to make up time for a late start.

Evidence involving the truck:

  •  Maintenance history
  • Inspection history
  • Data from onboard systems relating to the engine, brakes, etc.,
  • Data from onboard GPS tracking and communication systems

Evidence involving the truck’s load and cargo:

  •  Weight tickets
  • Bills of lading
  • Trip envelopes
  • Dispatch instructions
  • Delivery documents

An experienced truck accident attorney will know what evidence to collect – and how to collect it – for your case.

If you are involved in a truck accident, here is additional evidence that your attorney will be looking for:

  • Pictures from the scene of the accident. If you are injured and cannot take photos at the scene of the accident, request that a family member takes detailed photos of your injuries as soon as you are able to communicate with them. Police or media may also have pictures from the scene.
  • Testimony from you and/or other witnesses plus expert witness testimony from professionals about your injuries (doctors, EMTs, etc.,)
  • Medical records from your injuries. These can help predict your long-term prognosis which can affect the value of your claim.

Our Bakersfield truck accident attorneys have handled hundreds of truck accident cases. If you, or someone you love, has been involved in a truck accident, contact us today (661-323-1400) for a no-cost consultation with one of our truck accident attorneys.

Posted by Lorrie Ross at 10:05 pm

What Are the Types of Spinal Cord Injuries?

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Spinal cord injuries are very severe, often leading to paralysis, loss of function, and permanent disability. However, there are many different types of spinal cord injuries, each with their own unique symptoms and recovery timelines. If you are filing a personal injury claim against the party responsible for your spinal cord injury, it is important to understand your diagnosis so you and your Bakersfield spinal injury attorney can make the most compelling case for your compensation.

Incomplete versus Complete Spinal Cord Injuries

There are two main types of spinal cord injuries: complete and incomplete.

  • When you suffer a complete spinal cord injury, you suffer permanent damage to the section of the spinal cord where the injury is located. You lose all sense of movement and feeling below the injury. Usually, complete spinal cord injuries result in paraplegia or quadriplegia.

 

  • Incomplete spinal cord injuries, on the other hand, result in partial damage to the spinal cord. Some function may be present below the injury. However, incomplete spinal cord injuries can result in a loss of feeling and movement, depending on where the injury is.

 

You can suffer a complete or incomplete spinal cord injury along each of the four portions of the spinal cord: cervical, thoracic, lumbar, and sacral. The severity of the injury usually depends on which section of the spinal cord it affects.

Cervical Spinal Cord Injuries

The cervical section of the spinal cord is the very top portion, composed of the vertebrae in your neck. Because the cervical section is close to your brain and neck, injuries to this area are often the most severe. A cervical spinal cord injury will likely result in quadriplegia, or the complete loss of feeling and movement below the neck.

Recovery and treatment for this type of spinal cord injury can be lengthy and expensive. The medical staff will first need to stabilize the area through surgeries and medications, and then you may move into rehabilitation. People with cervical spinal cord injuries will often need lifelong treatment.

Thoracic Spinal Cord Injuries

The thoracic section of the spinal cord is located in the upper and middle part of your back. These vertebrae affect your muscles in your upper chest, abdomen, and your back, helping control your lungs, diaphragm, and rib cage.

Injuries to this section can be very severe, affecting the abdomen, lower back, and legs and often resulting in paraplegia. Recovery differs from person to person, but you may need to use a wheelchair if you suffer from a thoracic spinal cord injury.

Sacral Spinal Cord Injuries

The sacral section is located just above the tailbone in your spinal cord. The nerves in this portion control your bladder, bowels, and other organs in your pelvis. While damage to this area is rare, it can result in loss of function of the legs, hips, and bladder. Recovery times vary, but many people with sacral injuries can function on their own with the right equipment.

Lumbar Spinal Cord Injuries

The lumbar section of the spine is between the sacral and thoracic sections, near your hips, legs, and pelvis. An injury to this area can result in a loss of function in the lower body, and you may need a wheelchair or other special equipment to function afterwards.

Injuries to the lumbar section follow the same recovery pattern as cervical injuries. Once doctors stabilize the area and perform any necessary surgeries, you will enter into a rehabilitation program. You may need mobility equipment to function afterwards.

Are you struggling with the aftermath of a spinal cord injury that someone else is responsible for? If so, you are not alone and legal options are available to you. You can file a personal injury lawsuit or insurance claim against the at-fault party, depending on the circumstances surrounding your case. Contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible to discuss your legal options and begin the filing process.

Posted by highrank at 5:50 pm

Can Social Media Impact My Case?

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Today’s personal injury cases have several unique considerations that yesterday’s did not. With the advent of social media, it’s easy to share sensitive details of our personal lives in what we believe is a private forum.

However, your social media posts may be accessible to the defendant, members of the defendant’s legal team, and other individuals involved in your claim. What you post online can have a significant impact on your personal injury case — and likely not a positive one.

Social Media and Personal Injury Cases

Although your intentions may not be harmful, social media posts can be very detrimental to a personal injury case. If you are pursuing a personal injury claim, you suffered an injury that you claim that someone else caused, and are seeking compensatory damages to help you recover. These damages can include payment for medical bills, long-term care and disability accommodations, and lost wages during recovery time.

If something you post online raises suspicion about the nature of your injuries, the extent of your treatment plan or medical expenses, or your recovery timeline, you could lose your chance at receiving your settlement. The type of content that could lead to loss of credibility is not always obvious.

For example, say that you suffered a broken leg in a car accident. The at-fault driver caused this car accident by speeding through a red light and striking the side of your car. While you can easily prove that the at-fault driver was responsible for the accident by examining surveillance footage and police reports, proving your need for compensation is a bit more difficult.

You file your claim and ask for $50,000 to cover your damages, which includes ongoing medical treatment for at least four months. During your case, you attend a party while using your crutches. A friend takes a picture with you at the party, and your crutches are outside of the shot.

If you post this picture onto social media, it will raise suspicion about your need for medical treatment and the credibility of your injuries. The insurance company or the defense attorney could use this photo as justification that your treatment costs do not need to be as high as you claim — potentially leading to a reduction in your overall settlement and a loss of the funds you need to recover.

Social Media Tips for Personal Injury Victims

Although you must be careful about what you say online, it can be difficult to quit social media cold turkey and you may still want to be active on your accounts. However, it is important to be smart, be cautious, and think before you post.

  • Set all of your social media accounts to private and limit your posts as much as possible during the extent of your case. Something as simple as sharing a funny picture could be evidence against you. Keep your profiles locked and only post when necessary.

 

  • Do not accept any friend or follower requests from people you do not know in real life. Although many states consider this practice unethical, some attorneys or even insurance representatives may attempt to follow or friend you. It is best not to accept any new requests during your case.

 

  • When you do make a post on social media, do not post anything about your case. Remember, anything you post online could be evidence against you. If you make a contradicting statement, you can lose your chance at collecting the compensation you need.

 

  • In addition to the above tip, do not post about your injuries, doctor’s visits, treatment progress, travel, or anything related to the harm you suffered. These statements could become evidence against you.

Personal injury cases can be complex, especially in today’s digital age. You must take extra caution when sharing details of your case online, or even with family and friends. If you say or share something that could harm your credibility, you can lose your chance at collecting the settlement you need to recover.

For best results and to avoid accidental harm, contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Your Bakersfield personal injury attorney can advise you on the best practices of posting on social media, helping you preserve your credibility and increase your chances of a successful outcome.

Posted by highrank at 5:15 pm