Car accidents are one of the most common types of cases seen by personal injury lawyers. They can be as simple as a fender bender or as complex as a vehicular homicide case where gross negligence took place on the part of a driver. Both types of cases have different severity of consequences and yet there’s a common thread in both of these cases. Certain steps should be taken after the car accident that makes it possible for courts to sort through the damage later on.
Many lawyers recommend becoming familiar with the steps to take after an auto accident. If you’re familiar with this checklist before an accident, it can save you much trouble later on. It also helps the personal injury law firm that works with you better able to help you in your personal injury case. Don’t take it for granted that everyone else involved in the case will follow these steps. You be the one who is prepared for it if the day should come.
If you’ve already been involved in an auto accident but the scene of the accident has come and gone, then it’s natural to wonder what your next steps should be. First things first: GET A LAWYER. This can’t be stressed enough. Car accidents can cause enormous, permanent, or long-term damage to your life. There’s no reason to not speak with a car accident lawyer about your case. Once you’ve contacted a lawyer, things begin to get much clearer for you.
After the accident
After the accident is over, there are still things to take care of, both with contacting an insurance company, a lawyer, and keeping meticulous records about any medical treatment you receive after the accident. Good record keeping is a rule if you want to make your lawyer’s life and your own easier.
1. Talking to witnesses: This is very important. If you’re not at fault in the accident, having witnesses to back up your story really helps. Get phone numbers and contact information for all witnesses so that you lawyer can call on these people if they need.
2. Contacting your insurance company: Contact your insurance company to inform them of the accident. This is incredibly important. Another important thing to remember is that there’s no need to settle for less money than you’re entitled to. Often insurance companies will attempt to settle your accident claim and leave you with significantly less money than you’re entitled to. That’s why your next step is critical.
3. Contact a lawyer: Of everything else you do after a car accident, this is by far the most important. You NEED an attorney to sort through your damages and make sure that you get the compensation you’re entitled to. Far too many people simply settle and wipe their hands clean of the accident. In doing so, they deprive themselves out of the real money they deserve for what they’ve been through. While there’s no obligation to contact an attorney and begin a personal injury claim, there’s very little reason NOT to. You get a free consultation and if you have a case, your lawyer will take it on for you. You won’t pay a dime until you’ve won damages.
Contact a lawyer today
If you haven’t already contacted a personal injury lawyer, make sure that you do. If you’re involved in a car accident, contacting a lawyer is going to be one of the wisest steps you can take. The lawyer will investigate, speak to witnesses, speak to insurance companies on your behalf, and otherwise take on the burden that you can’t afford to take on right now. After all, a car accident can be extremely traumatic. There’s no reason to go through all of the financial and medical consequences alone when there is a great firm out there standing by ready to help you.
Contact us today if you’ve been in an accident. We’ll give you a free consultation and let you know if we think we can help. In almost every instance, we can help you with your personal injury case. The best part is that you won’t pay us until we’ve won your case.