Auto and Car Accidents
Car accidents are difficult and the damages and injuries can be tough to deal with on your own. You may be entitled to recover monetary damages for pain and suffering, lost wages and payment of reasonable medical expenses (both present and future) if you have been injured as the result of a car or automobile accident.
If the person who caused your injuries does not have insurance, or if his or her insurance is not sufficient to cover your damages, you may be entitled to collect uninsurance or underinsurance coverage from your automobile policy or a family member’s automobile policy.
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What should I do after a car accident?
If you or a friend or family member are involved in an automobile accident, including injury as a pedestrian, try to obtain as much information as possible about the vehicles and drivers involved. The police accident report usually includes vehicle descriptions, driver names, addresses and license numbers, vehicle owner names and addresses, and insurance carrier names.
You should also make notes about relevant facts, ideally as soon as possible after the accident, including:
- weather, time of day, available light and traffic conditions
- road conditions, road construction, and defects such as potholes and faded lane lines or turn arrows
- obstructed signs or obstructed/malfunctioning traffic signals
- names and phone numbers of potential witnesses
- types and degree of apparent damage to each vehicle
- apparent severity of injury to all other persons involved, including any treatment sought or received from paramedics at the scene
- direction, approximate/apparent speeds and positions of the vehicles.
And while this may seem obvious, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible even if you are not experiencing severe injury symptoms. The combination of shock, adrenaline, normal delays in the onset of muscle soreness and other factors may mask a serious injury. Immediate professional medical attention can prevent you from aggravating a masked injury and help speed your recovery.
Car Accidents: Dealing with Insurance Companies
Contact your insurance agent or call your insurance company’s claims reporting line, ideally the same day the accident occurs. If you do not have a copy of your current coverage, ask that a copy be faxed, emailed or mailed to you as soon as possible.
We strongly recommend that you do not sign any insurance company documents related to your accident before consulting with an attorney. We would be happy to review and evaluate your case. We do not charge any fee for consultations of this sort.
Car Accidents: Injuries and Information
Click below for additional information on specific car accident related injuries:
Car Accidents & Defective Auto Parts Information
Defective Car Doors
Defective Fuel Systems
Defective Seat belts
Brake Shift Interlock Failure
Types of Automobile Accidents
Automobile Roof Crush
Ejection from Automobile
School Bus Accident
Side Impact Collision
If you have suffered an injury due to a car accident, we would be happy to review and evaluate your case.