Car accidents kill nearly 40,000 people each year in the United States (according to NHTSA) and, unfortunately, they are the leading cause of death for people aged 2 to 34. Car accidents also cost the insurance companies billions of dollars every year.
If you have been injured in a car accident, you may need help to make sure your rights are protected and that you receive adequate compensation and payment from the insurance company.
Unfortunately, many insurance companies may be less concerned with the amount of your payment and your medical care than with the resolution of the car accident case as quickly and for as little money as possible.
The most common injuries caused by car accidents
Many drivers suffer from car accidents that do not occur for days or even weeks after the car accident. Regardless of your injuries, if you are involved in a car accident, you should contact your doctor as soon as possible and get medical treatment for any symptoms or pain. Severely injured drivers in the neck, brain or spinal cord can be killed or seriously at risk of permanent disability.
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Common car accidents and injuries can include:
Spinal cord injury
Most drivers are shocked after a car accident and may not know exactly what to do or who to call. Insurance companies urge many drivers to settle their claim prematurely, but car accident lawyers can protect your rights and ensure that you get the appropriate settlement.
Hire a lawyer/Car Attorney specializing in car accidents
Car accident lawyers can assess your claim and help you get money for lost wages, bodily injury, medical bills, as well as pain and suffering. Car accident lawyers have experience in car accident cases and know how insurance companies work.
Car accident lawyers are fighting for your rights and getting a fair compensation. Accidents that we commonly advocate include:
Injury of car
Hit and run
Impaired driving accidents
Hazardous road construction accidents
Lawyers specializing in car accidents understand the law of accidents and personal injury. Whether you are filing an insurance claim or a car accident lawsuit, a car accident lawyer can help you prove your fault and recover the damage you need.
Hiring a car accident lawyer can become even more important for injuries requiring hospitalization or serious and permanent injuries.
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What to do after a Car Accident
Following some common sense steps after a car accident can help drivers avoid some of the most prevalent mistakes. What should you do if you are involved in a car accident?
Never leave the scene of the car accident
If anyone is injured or if there is severe property damage never leave the scene of the car accident. Under certain conditions, failing to call the police or fleeing from the scene of an accident may lead to additional charges.
Seek medical attention for any injured person
Make sure that no one involved in the car accident is injured, and if they are call 911. Never attempt to move another injured person, unless they are in imminent danger (i.e. the car is on fire). Moving an injured person may result in additional injuries. It is best to allow trained medical personnel do their job. Get the name and personal information from the injured person (if possible) and give it to the paramedics.
Document who is involved in the car accident
Never leave a car accident scene without information from the other drivers. Do not assume the police will gather the information you may need to file an insurance report. Information that should be gathered will include: the names, addresses, driver’s license numbers, license plate numbers, insurance information and a copy of the police report. The officers who respond to the call should also be completing an incident report which will include witness statements, telephone numbers, details about the car accident and pictures to document the position of all of the vehicles involved in the car accident.
Only make statements to the police
Let the police do their job. Do not admit guilt and do not swap stories with other drivers. Answer the questions that the police ask, otherwise, keep your mouth shut.
Go to the Doctor
Seek medical attention regardless of whether or not you think you are injured. Some car accident injuries may not manifest themselves until days later. Some injuries may not seem severe, like a brain injury, but failing to seek medical care can be deadly. All medical visits and costs should be documented.
Contact Your Insurance Company
Copies of the accident report and the information gathered at the scene should be given to your insurance company. Do not hide information or attempt to conceal facts about the case.
Do not discuss the car accident with another insurance company
If another car insurance company calls you and offers a settlement which you do not believe covers the full cost of your car accident injuries, contact a car accident lawyer.