Posted on Wednesday, August 24th, 2016 at 1:08 am    

There are several things you must take care of in the days and weeks after a car crash. Your top priority should be your health; however, you must also take care of various things such as reporting the accident to law enforcement and filing an insurance claim. If you take the right steps after a crash, you can maximize the amount of compensation you receive for your accident claim.

Are you feeling overwhelmed trying to recover from your physical injuries while dealing with insurance adjusters, mechanics, body shops, doctor’s offices, and work? Do you need assistance filing an accident claim? Our personal injury attorneys can take the stress of dealing with the insurance company off of you so that you can focus solely on your recovery and your family. Call Tiemann Law Firm at (916) 999-9000 or chat with a representative on our website to schedule a free, no-obligation case evaluation with an experienced Sacramento car accident attorney!

Making Repairs to Your Vehicle After a Car Accident

If your vehicle is damaged in a car accident, one of your priorities will be getting your car fixed so that you have a reliable form of transportation. In some cases, the damage to your vehicle will be repairable. For repairable damages, the insurance company may require that you obtain several estimates for repairs unless you use a repair shop authorized by the company. Some insurance companies try to force you to use a repair shop on its “approved list.”

Even though the insurance company may try to make it difficult, you have the legal right to use any repair shop of your choice to repair your vehicle!  The insurance company cannot force you to choose a repair shop from a list the company provides. If an insurance adjuster is telling you that you cannot use your own repair shop, contact our office immediately. Do not sign any waivers or releases and do not pay for the repairs yourself until you consult with an attorney.

Getting The Highest Value For Your Vehicle

If your vehicle is damaged beyond repair (according to the insurance company), the insurance company will “total” your vehicle and it will offer you the fair market value to settle the property damage claim. Typically, an insurance company will consider a vehicle totaled if the cost to repair the vehicle is close to or exceeds the fair market value. Unfortunately, determining the fair market value of a vehicle can become an issue.

An insurance adjuster may use one or more sources to determine the fair market value of your vehicle. The fair market value is the amount your vehicle is worth based on what an average person would pay for your vehicle in today’s economy. An adjuster may use resources such as Kelley Blue Book (i.e. the “Blue Book Value”) or NADA to determine what the current market value of your vehicle.

Unfortunately, this may not be the true value of your vehicle. If you made modifications to your vehicle, such as adding aftermarket parts, your vehicle may actually have a higher market value. If you have receipts for the modifications, this can help prove that your vehicle is worth more than the Blue Book value. Before accepting the first offer made by an insurance adjuster, consult with our office to ensure you are receiving the maximum allowable amount for your vehicle.

Call A Sacramento Car Accident Attorney

If you are fighting with an insurance adjuster regarding your accident claim, we can help. Call the Tiemann Law Firm at (916) 999-9000 or chat with a representative on our website to schedule a free case evaluation.

Client Testimonials

Elizabeth Ochoa Testimonial

I chose Tiemann Law Firm to help me after a car accident I was involved in. Throughout the entire process, Moe made sure to keep me updated, he always responded quickly whenever  I had questions about anything. My case won thanks to this law firm and its dedication. My experience with Tiemann Law Firm was amazing! 10/10 recommended.

Dawniel Ewing Testimonial

I have nothing but great things to say about this firm. They have been extremely helpful and professional when dealing with my case. Anytime I needed anything or wanted to be updated they responded immediately. They made me feel like they cared. Highly recommend them!

Michael T. Testimonial

I sat down and met with Jelena Tiemann about my vehicle accident.I presented all of my documentation to her in which she gave me her assessment.Although the Tiemann Law Firm wont be representing me because my settlement offer was pretty good she was very clear,forward and professional about what she felt could and couldn't be done.I recommend this law firm to anyone who needs a helping hand at fighting a case where you don't have to worry about the outcome not going in your favor. Please don't review this business if you received a freebie for writing this review, or if you're connected in any way to the owner or employees.

Herb T. Testimonial

The Tiemanns were referred to me by a friend and I am exceptionally happy with the service I received. I had never been in an accident before. I had no idea what to do. Jelena verbally explained how everything would work to me, and she and Peter handled everything. I didn't have to lift a finger once. They went above and beyond for me and I am extremely grateful. I pray I won't ever need this type of assistance again, but I will definitely be referring them to friends and family.

Jennifer T. Testimonial

I highly recommend The Tiemann Law Firm! I had never before been in a situation where I sustained injury and had to seek legal representation. I was nervous, traumatized, and had no idea what to expect. Jelena, Peter, and their staff walked me through each step of the process. They explained everything in detail. They patiently answered all my questions, responded quickly to every email, text message, phone call, etc. I felt totally prepared for each new phase of the legal process. Furthermore, they were fearless in their defense of me. In certain situations, when I felt attacked or scared my attorney protected me like I was family. Their diligence, honesty, integrity, and compassion provided a true sense of healing and closure for my family and I. The Tiemann Law Firm accomplished more for me than I ever thought possible and I am forever grateful.