What to do when you get in a Car Accident
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Car accidents often cause injuries to you, your children and damage your car. As you might expect insurance companies like to take money but do not like to pay money unless you have a lawyer willing to fight the insurance company on your behalf.
Car accident lawyers understand the difficulties associated with car accidents. Determining who is at fault in a car accident can be difficult without a lawyer.
Many causes of car accident collisions are due to:
- drunk driving
- distractions (not paying attention)
- cell phone misuse
- aggressive driving
- rain or snow
- mechanical failure
Do you have a case?
For a car accident case to be successful there must be liability, causation, and damages. The chances of success depend on the individual circumstances of your case. An attorney can help you prepare your case so you can get the most money to cover your expenses, injuries, pain and suffering.
How to get the most money out of your case?
Many people who get in a car accident may feel pain but do not visit a doctor or emergency room because they wrongly think that the pain will go away in a day or two. Unfortunately, the pain does not always go away and when you visit the doctor later, the insurance company may punish you by refusing to pay the full value of your case. The insurance company may argue that you must not have been hurt or else you would have visited the emergency room or a doctor immediately after the accident. Thus, It is best to go to the emergency room, urgent care or a doctor on the first day of the accident or soon thereafter.
It is best to call our law office before you talk to any insurance company. Insurance companies record conversations to use against you at a later date.
How long does take to settle an injury claim?
A wise attorney will not begin Settlement negotiations until you finish your medical treatment. A typical case is settled within 60-90 days after you finish your medical treatment. The time for settlements changes if a claim goes to court but that is rare. A lawyer will be able to give you more information after studying your specific case.
How much will it cost to hire a car accident Attorney?
There is no fee for talking to a car accident lawyer in our office. Generally, once we take your case, we will not charge you a fee unless we collect money for you first.
What information should I gather at the accident scene?
First ensure your safety and those with you. Obtain the medical attention necessary to ensure the health and safety of your loved ones.
Do not sign any legal documents until you have come to understand your legal rights. Do not give a statement to an insurance company unless it is in your best interests.
You should gather as much information and supporting documentation as possible at the scene of an accident and in the days following, if possible. Try to get as many of the following items as possible:
- Name and insurance company of the at fault party
- Identity and contact information of all possible witnesses
- The make, model, year, color and license plate number of other vehicle.
- Photos of damage to your car which was damaged as a result of the accident.
- Police report, if applicable.
- Medical records from hospital visit.
What documents should I bring with me when I meet with a lawyer?
Bring any documents that might help your case. Police accident reports, for example, contain eyewitness accounts and details about auto accidents. Copies of medical reports from doctors and hospitals which you have obtained will describe your injuries. Information about the other driver is extremely helpful, as are any photographs you have of the accident or of your injury. If you do not have these documents in your possession, do not worry.
Contact a lawyer immediately.
It is important that you contact a lawyer immediately after the car accident. In almost all cases, evidence begins to go bad immediately following an accident. The sooner your lawyer can get started working for you the better. Remember the insurance adjuster is highly trained at negotiations and at reducing the value of your case. Do not give any information to the insurance adjuster without first consulting an attorney. Also, letting your claim languish could affect its value as witnesses and memories of the accident fade away. It is important to contact a lawyer as soon as possible. It is often said the sooner you call a lawyer the more money you make.
Should I give a recorded statement to an insurance adjuster?
You are not obligated to give a recorded statement without the presence of a lawyer to protect you. Recorded statements may be later used against you. NO recorded statement.
What Amount of Money is "Fair Compensation?"
Most people simply want fair compensation for their injuries.
Fair compensation may include:
- Medical expenses already incurred,
- Medical expenses to be incurred in the future,
- Lost wages,
- Loss of earning capacity,
- Physical pain,
- Mental or emotional suffering,
- Physical impairment,
- Property damage, and
- Other losses.
In some cases, your family members may be entitled to compensation, depending on the severity of the injuries and their dependence on you.
How do I file an injury claim?
A car accident lawyer knows best when to file a claim.
Feel free to visit attorney Kamal Nawash for a consultation.