Leading Auto Accident Injury Attorneys in Whittier, CA: Hanning & Sacchetto
At Hanning & Sacchetto, our experienced Whittier, CA auto accident attorneys have handled thousands of cases with personal care and a positive approach to making our clients whole again. With more than a decade of successful personal injury representation in Los Angeles County, our attorneys’ primary focus is to ensure our clients are protected fully from predatory insurance settlements, and lack of responsibility motorists take after their negligent role in an auto accident.
Personal Injury & Auto Accidents in Whittier, CA
Personal injury is the injury of an individual by the negligent act or omission of another individual or entity, including those suffered in auto accidents. With the amount of traffic on the roads, auto accidents and the costs associated with them are skyrocketing around the country and in the State of California.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in a single year in the United States:
- Over 30,000 people are killed in auto accidents
- Combined, Americans spend over one million days in the hospital each year from crash injuries
- Crash injuries account for nearly $18 billion in lifetime medical costs, 75% of which is incurred during the first 18 month following a crash
- Crash deaths result in more than $44 billion in medical costs, and work loss costs
In California, those statistics are transferred to the CDC’s outlined state costs, including:
- $38 million in medical costs
- $4.44 billion in lost work wages
What the CDC cannot account for is the total recovery costs associated with our client’s overall quality of life, and their ability to have a restful night’s sleep without worrying about mounting medical costs, stacks of unpaid bills, and lost wages. These are components of an auto accident that are seemingly immeasurable to onlookers. For our law firm, they are at the top of our recovery efforts.
Types of Auto Accident Injuries
Personal injury after an auto accident can occur on many levels, beginning with soft tissue damage, which is standard after a fender bender accident.
This can include:
- Aches and pains
- Overall fatigue
More severe injuries can require significant medical care, or partial and total loss, can include:
- Broken bones
- Ruptured, bulged spinal discs
- Severe neck and spine injuries
- Brain injuries
- Wrongful death
Further, intangible injuries can include:
- Trouble sleeping
- General discomfort
You need an attorney to actively preserve your rights after any injury. At Hanning & Sacchetto, our auto accident attorneys focus on your overall recovery from the moment we take your case.
Six Crucial Steps to Take After an Auto Accident
Step One: Safety first
Make sure that you are out of oncoming traffic, and are not in immediate danger.
Step Two: Call the authorities
Once the authority arrives, ensure a formal, signed accident report is completed before you leave the scene.
Step Three: Exchange information
California insurance requirements, in collaboration with the California Department of Motor Vehicles, maintain that every driver in the state is required to carry the following during operation of a vehicle:
- Driver’s license
- Proof of insurance
Be sure to ask for the other driver’s copies of each, and take a picture of them with your cellphone. By law, you are entitled to the information. If the other driver is unwilling to produce these legal documents, get the authorities involved immediately.
Step Four: Document the scene
Write down or record all the information available, including:
- License plate number of the other car
- Names and contact information of other passengers in the car/witnesses
Take pictures of anything and everything you deem important with your cellphone, including:
- The position of the cars in relationship to the traffic striping
- The damage to your vehicle
- The other driver, his/her passengers, the damage to his/her car
- Broad pictures of the vehicles and where they are in relationship to one another, into the striping of the street
- Any signage available around the accident
Step Five: Call Hanning & Sacchetto
After an accident, injured individuals do not have all their faculties, and are in no position to deal with the confusion happening around them.
The other driver’s insurance company is going to be calling you very, very soon. They are going to prey on your confusion, and vulnerability, asking you to answer questions that you cannot answer.
You are under no obligation to speak to the other driver’s insurance company.
Call our quality, experienced auto accident attorneys at Hanning & Sacchetto, and we will take it from there. We can talk to the insurance company on your behalf, so they cannot take advantage of you in any way.
In addition, we will start resolving the accident’s fallout totally to:
- Ensure you get proper medical care right away, and going forward
- File the claim with your personal insurance company
- Get your car repaired, and supply you with a rental car
- Assess your overall needs from the moment the accident occurs
Step Six: Get medical care immediately
Do not assume you are okay. Get medical care right away.
What Am I Entitled to After an Auto Accident?
The goal of the law is to make someone whole again, as if the accident never occurred. Unfortunately, we cannot do that. Instead, we review your accident in realistic terms of monetary damages.
These can include:
- Current and future medical costs
- Lost wages when your injuries have kept you from, or are keeping you from working
- Partial or full disability, and access to the proper wages you once earned
- Future loss of earnings claims
- Future compensation awards
- Pain and suffering, including:
- Emotional distress
- Lack of sleep
- Post-traumatic stress
- Property Damage, repair or replacement of your vehicle
Your personal injuries will dictate the type of case, and financial recovery options we pursue on your behalf. Each case may differ, but our approach to getting the most for our clients is our complete focus.
Facing the Insurance Companies: Experience Produces Success
Prior to opening our own firm, Hanning & Sacchetto, each of our attorneys worked for corporate insurance companies. Once we realized the real clients, those who were hurt and needed help, were not being served properly, we went out on our own to protect their interests.
Our experience with large insurance firms provides first-hand knowledge that insurance companies are only looking out for their bottom line. Therefore, they attack the injured while they are unable to think clearly, offering lowball settlements to make the accident go away quickly.
Under no circumstances should you speak to another party’s insurance representative.
They do not have your interests at heart. They are not interested in helping you in any way. They may speak to you under the guise of just getting information, under the pretense of making sure that you are okay. Allow us to handle them professionally, legally, and fully until we can reach a recovery option that suits your overall needs.
Uninsured Motorists and Compensation Approaches
While it is illegal to operate a vehicle without the proper insurance, some drivers still do so.
According to the Insurance Information Institute:
- 12.6% of motorists, or about one in eight drivers, are uninsured
- In California, the rate of uninsured drivers climbs to 14.7%
If you are involved in an accident with an uninsured driver, we can still pursue damages from that person. With a lack of insurance, that individual becomes personally responsible for the damages you otherwise would have received from the insurance company, including medical bills, property damage, and lost wages. We will pursue this individual with the same fervor and approach to success we would an insurance company.
Why Choose Hanning & Sacchetto?
Our commitment to providing successful outcomes for our clients has been demonstrated for over ten years and is available at a glance at our accomplished track record.
The experience our attorneys bring to the courtroom is unmatched in Whittier, CA, and is supported fully by the recognition we receive from our legal peers throughout the state. Our straightforward approach to providing results sets us apart from other firms in the area, and our personal care provides a complete separation from how other lawyers operate.
We go out of our way to focus on your OVERALL recovery, not just your immediate needs.
The Hanning & Sacchetto Promise
At Hanning & Sacchetto, we never make more money than our clients on any case we handle. Ever.
When we successfully handle a case, any personal injury case and our clients share of the settlement is going to be shortened by medical bills so large their distribution is less than ours, we will lower our rate and our overall bill.
No other law firm offers that promise.
We charge zero fees. None. Other firms charge set-up fees, investigation fees, document subpoena fees, and the list goes on. These fees add up, and can significantly interrupt our clients’ overall financial position at the end of a case, so we waive them entirely.
Call Hanning & Sacchetto Auto Accident Attorneys Today for a Free Consultation
If you have been involved in an auto accident, contact our experienced attorneys in Whittier, CA at Hanning & Sacchetto today at (562) 698-6446 for a free consultation. Allow us to review your case and design a legal plan to get the most out of your legal pursuit so you can focus on returning to the quality of life you once enjoyed. We can help you get started on recovery today. Call now to find out how.