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AUTO ACCIDENTS 

Unfortunately, auto accidents are a part of our daily life on the roadways.  Automobile accidents are by far the most common type of personal injury case in our court system today.  Records indicate that there are about six million motor vehicle accidents in the United States each year.  Out of that, roughly one-third result in injury requiring medical attention and over 50,000 result in death.  In fact, studies show that every 6 seconds someone in the United States is involved in a car accident and that every 11 minutes somebody is killed.

WE CAN HELP WITH AUTO ACCIDENTS CASES

Speeding, driver fatigue, weather conditions, driver distraction, intoxication, and youth and inexperience are among the many factors that can lead to a crash.  Alcohol is involved in 40% of fatal auto accidents and 8% of all auto accidents.  There were 26,000 lives lost due to alcohol-related auto accidents in 2006.  That translates to an average of one alcohol-related fatality every 32 minutes.

 

When you are involved in an accident, it is almost impossible to think straight and to keep a cool head.  Your mind is racing in all directions and your heart is pounding.  The last thing on your mind is to gather evidence and information for your case.  However, if you want to make sure that you are protected and ultimately compensated for your personal injury as well as property damage, you will need to have a good record of the events surrounding the accident.

 

When you are involved in an accident, you should do the following:

 

  • Call The Police Immediately:  This may sound like an obvious thing, but there are cases where the parties decided not to call the police and that had a negative effect on the injured party.

  • Account For All Passengers:   It is important that the Police indicate all passengers in your vehicle on the report.  There are situations where passengers have been injured, but since the Police did not indicate that they were passengers in the vehicle, the insurance company denied the claim. 

  • Need to Issue Ticket:  It is important to make sure that the Police issue a citation to the at fault party in order to establish liability.

  • Driver Information: Exchange information with all other drives.  This includes their names, license number, tag number, insurance company name and their policy number.

  • Photographs:  Take photographs of your physical injuries, damages to the vehicles and the scene of the accident.  Also take photographs of the license plates of each car involved in the accident.  Most of the cell phones today have cameras built into them.

  • Draw a Diagram of the Accident Scene: Write the date and time of the car accident on the diagram.  In addition, write down information about the location, including the intersection, street names, any stop lights or traffic control signs, and other landmarks.

  • Witnesses:  Attempt to get a record of all names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of people who witnessed the accident.  Additionally, contact the witnesses for a statement before too much time has passed.

  • Medical Expenses:  Keep a record of all doctor office visits, medication (over the counter medications & prescriptions), tests and laboratory services, physical therapy, hospital visits, medical treatments and documents, diagnostic services including all types of x-rays and scans.  Make sure you write down the names of the doctors, dates of visits, amount charged, and the reason for the visit.

  • Lost Time:  Document all lost time from work or school or any other activity that you would normally do.  Include as much information as possible regarding the lost time, including the name, date and location of the missed activity.

  • Diary:  Keep a daily diary of your thoughts, feelings and experiences.  You should document how the injuries have interfered with your daily life and relationships.

  • Car Repair Estimates:  Keep a record of all expenses and estimates of repair for your damaged vehicle.  This includes temporary replacement transportation like the cost of a car rental.

  • Out of Pocket Expenses:  Keep all receipts related to your injury that you have paid for out-of-pocket.  These expenses could include, heating pads, ace bandages, child-care expenses, cancellation of a vacation trip or event, clothing, etc.

 

You need to seek medical attention immediately after the accident and do not admit fault.  Diligently follow through with all medical treatments.  Do not answer any questions from the other side's insurance company, attorney or sign any forms without consulting your own legal advisor.  Do not settle your case until all necessary medical expenses, present and future, are known.  Keep copies of everything. 

 

Finally, contact a lawyer.  It is very important when dealing with insurance companies, that you have a qualified lawyer on your side to negotiate the best financial settlement for you and your family.  If you were severely injured in a car accident due to the negligence of the other driver or drivers, hiring a lawyer is in your best interest to protect your rights and to ensure that your family is fairly compensated for your financial losses, pain and suffering.