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Injuries Reported in Car Accident on Atwater-Merced Expressway

Car Crash on Atwater-Merced Expressway

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) reported a car crash on State Route 99 and Atwater-Merced Expressway on the morning of Wednesday, September 1, 2021. The auto accident occurred shortly before 6:30 a.m. on northbound SR-99 and involved a white van, gray sedan, and black Ford Fusion.

Details on the Atwater-Merced Expressway Car Crash

A preliminary report by CHP traffic officials revealed that the traffic collision prompted the response of the Riggs Ambulance Service. One of the vehicles involved in the crash, a black Ford Fusion, was found with major front-end damage on the right-hand side of Highway 99. Additional information on the incident, including what caused it and the number of people who were injured, was not immediately available.

What You Should Know About the Insurance Claims Process for a Car Accident

Under California, the party responsible for causing a traffic collision is liable for covering damages incurred. The process generally involves the insurance company representing the at-fault party paying for damages up to the limits of their policy. Compensation after a motor vehicle collision will depend on a wide array of factors, including the number of parties involved in the incident and the negligent driver’s coverage limits for bodily injury. In situations where the other party does not have enough liability coverage, an injured party may seek recourse through the underinsured motorist portion of their insurance plan. Conversely, when the at-fault party does not have liability insurance, uninsured motorist may come into play.

Do not agree to a recorded statement or accept a settlement offer from the insurance company, including your own, without discussing your case with an experienced Merced personal injury lawyer. During the claims process, the main goal of the insurer is to protect their bottom line and will do so by not paying a fair amount for your injuries and damages incurred. Any initial settlement offer from the insurance carrier may be significantly less than what your personal injury case is truly worth. The unfortunate reality is that it may not account for past and future bills for medical treatment, lost income, loss of future earnings, pain and suffering, and other accident-related losses. Agreeing to the first offer an insurance company makes may cause a negative impact on your future.

Before speaking with the insurance company, it is crucial to go over the facts and circumstances of your case with an experienced injury lawyer. Unlike the insurer, you can trust the evaluation an accident attorney may provide you as they will have your best interests at heart and will want to determine your best course of action moving forward. Keep in mind that you generally have two years to bring a lawsuit in civil court if the insurer is not offering as much as your losses and injuries are actually worth. This is by the California Code of Civil Procedure Section 335.1. Therefore, retaining legal counsel right away is necessary in protecting your right to fair compensation in such situations. When searching for the right attorney in your area to handle your case, follow these suggestions in this brief YouTube video.

How Our Law Firm Can Help You

When you have suffered injuries in a crash caused by another driver, you may face an uphill battle when it comes to recovering fair compensation from the insurance company representing the at-fault party. Since insurance companies are focused on saving money and do so by paying as little as possible in any claim, you may benefit greatly from the support of an accident attorney in any personal injury case.

For a free consultation, reach out to our law firm today to set up an appointment with a member of our team. Unlike the insurance company, we are focused on your recovery and getting your life back on track.

Personal Injury Attorney in Merced

I’m Ed Smith, a Merced personal injury attorney. After getting injured in a car accident in Merced County or elsewhere in California, you may wonder about your responsibilities and rights. At our law firm, we have represented people injured in traffic collisions for over three decades. You can depend on us to offer free, friendly case advice. We also want you to recover fair compensation and find closure while making our community a safer place for everyone on the road. Contact us today to learn more about how we may help you and your family through this difficult time at (209) 227-1931 or (800) 404-5400.

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At our law firm, we understand the devastation that may arise from motor vehicle collisions. We have handled personal injury cases since 1982 and have the experience and resources necessary in obtaining closure and financial compensation. Our commitment to favorable outcomes is backed by a history of successful case results, some of which are featured on our Verdicts and Settlements page.

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