Injuries Reported After Auto Accident in Oakley
The East Contra Costa Fire Protection District (ECCFPD) reported injuries following an auto accident in the Oakley area on the night of Sunday, September 19, 2021. The traffic collision occurred at bethel Island Road in the vicinity of East Cypress Road shortly after 9:10 p.m.
Details on the Auto Accident Resulting in Injuries Reported in Oakley
Engine 53 arrived at the scene of the car accident several minutes later and confirmed that the road was blocked and both vehicles sustained severe damage. Officials reported that one party was trapped underneath one vehicle, and the other was trapped inside the other car.
Both drivers were taken to area hospitals for immediate treatment. Officers with the Oakley Police Department (Oakley PD) said that the incident is believed to be a DUI-related collision. Additional information on the car accident was not immediately available.
What You Should Know About Car Accidents and the Personal Injury Claims Process
A motor vehicle collision may turn the lives of those involved upside down in a second, resulting in lasting emotional, physical, and financial consequences. Recovering from a traffic collision may prove challenging and frustrating, particularly if someone else was responsible for the incident. In such situations, an injured party may be entitled to financial compensation for economic and non-economic damages. Punitive damages may also be sought if the other driver was found excessively speeding or driving under the influence in the moments leading up to the car accident. Conversely, the process generally involves bringing a personal injury claim against the insurance company representing the other party. It may seem relatively straightforward, however, that is not always the case.
The insurer may use defense tactics in which may persuade the injured party into accepting a settlement that is far less in value than what they deserve. For instance, the insurance carrier may make a quick settlement offer in hopes of the injured person accepting without realizing the full extent of damages and subsequent injuries. Once a settlement has been accepted, the claimant may not be able to seek additional compensation for future accident-related losses. Conversely, a claims adjuster may ask for a recorded statement to process the personal injury claim. This statement may be used against the injured party by claiming that they were partially or entirely at fault.
Do not provide a statement, sign any documents, or accept a settlement from the insurance carrier without discussing the case with an experienced injury lawyer. Unlike the insurer, an accident attorney will have your best interests at heart and will help you understand the options in which you may have to seek fair compensation for your injuries and losses incurred. Fortunately, most lawyers handle personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that a fee for services will only be due if fair financial recovery is obtained on behalf of the client. If you are unsure of what to look for in the best lawyer in your area, watch this video.
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Personal Injury Attorney in Oakley
I’m Ed Smith, an Oakley personal injury attorney. A motor vehicle collision in Oakley may occur at any moment. You may be driving to work, school, or home when you are struck by another driver, changing your life in a second. You may be left with traumatic injuries and unsure of how to proceed with seeking fair compensation for losses incurred. Our law firm has been helping injured parties in California since 1982 in recovering fair compensation from difficult insurance companies. Contact us today to learn how we can help you and receive free, friendly case advice at (925) 428-5220 or (800) 404-5400.
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