Lanes in the northbound I-5 freeway were closed due to a multi-vehicle roll-over car accident, leaving one vehicle on its top in Lake Forest near the Bake exit. The accident occurred late last week, and involved at least three vehicles, including a Jeep that had flipped and rolled over blocking lanes of traffic. Injuries were reported as a result of the accident, but it is not immediately clear if the injured parties have been transported to local area hospitals for evaluation and treatment.
It is recommended to seek immediate attention following an accident in order to get proper medical evaluation, treatment, and documentation for your injuries. Even if you feel it is just “bumps and bruises,” it is important to be checked over by your physician within 24 hours of any accident. Many injuries – especially to joints and damage to vertebrae and discs – can take several weeks or months to fully present. Allow a minimum of 3 to 6 months for your body to respond to the impact, before you begin to consider any settlement offer or overtures from an insurance adjuster.
One of the most important things in pursuing a claim for damages in a car accident is to document all of your injuries. Insurance companies will deny claims, and deny that you have injuries if your injuries are not supported by medical records. Insurance companies look for any reason and excuse to try to minimize your damages and claims for injury.
The first step you should take after getting into a car accident is immediately going to seek medical attention to get evaluated for your injuries. The next step afterwards should be to find an experienced and skillful attorney to help you file a claim for your damages. An experienced attorney will help you to deal with the insurance companies and lawyers that will try to reduce the value of your claims.
If you have been involved in a roll-over car accident, or any impact with force and would like a free consultation to discuss your injuries and legal options, please contact the Law Firm of Rivers J. Morrell at (949)305-1400. The longer that you delay in seeking medical attention and legal representation, the harder it will be to offset the medical costs that arise over the next several months as the toll of your injuries sets in.