Did Someone Just Hit Me? Am I Ok? Is My Car Ok? Now What?!?!
Conscious or not, these are some of the first thoughts that run through everyone's mind the instant they get in an auto accident. This is a very confusing and horrifying time for everyone involved. It likely leaves you and your loved ones asking "what's next?"
Over the next few weeks on the blog, we will be answering the most common questions people ask after auto accidents and providing you with our Auto Accident Survival Guide. Before we get started with the blog posts, I must remind you that these posts are not a substitute for speaking directly with a live attorney and do not create an attorney/client relationship between us. You should not rely on this post, or the ones that follow in this series, for legal advice in handling a personal injury claim on your own. Each accident has its own unique set of circumstances and it would be improper to give out legal advice via blog without knowing the specific circumstances of your case. There is no substitute for speaking directly with an attorney about your specific situation. I recommend you contact us if you'd like to discuss your case with an attorney.
This week's post discusses, “What happens when I call an accident attorney?”
The initial call with your attorney following a motor vehicle accident can come with an overload of information, especially if it's your first car accident. There are masses of information about insurance claims, medical treatment, injuries and property damage. It can all get a bit overwhelming if you are not properly prepared. Fear not, there are ways to get ready for that call so that you and your attorney get the most out of the initial conversation.
First, make sure you have all the necessary information in front of you and are able to devote approximately 30 minutes to the phone call. Your attorney will ask the basic “Who, What, When, Where” questions about the accident. The more specific you can be the better. Knowing things like the direction you & the other vehicles were traveling in and what street(s) you were on all help paint a clear picture for your attorney.
When speaking to your attorney you will want to provide them with this basic info:
Location of the accident
Facts of the accident
Contact information of everyone involved in the accident and any witnesses
Names of insurance companies and policy numbers of all vehicles involved
Police report numbers
All medical treatment you have had to date
The more information you can provide at the initial call the better. But, if you don't have all of this information or were not able to get it at the scene of the accident don't worry. Your attorney can gather information such as police reports, claim numbers and even sometimes witness information at a later time.
Photos of Your Car Accident
Photographs are also a very important piece of evidence and can be very helpful for your lawyer. Injury photos, of cuts or bruises and stitches, are very impactful when shown to a jury or claims adjuster. If you are able to safely get photographs of the property damage to the vehicles that is helpful as well. Photos of both vehicle damage and bodily injuries help show the claims adjuster or a jury how the car accident happened, how severe the damage was and how much pain the injuries caused.
In summary here are few overall points to remember after an accident and when talking to your accident attorney:
Do: Get yourself to a safe distance of the road
Do: See a doctor even if you are not in pain immediately following the accident.
Do: Contact www.crashlawyers.com for a free consultation with an attorney
Do: Devote 30 minutes to the initial call with the accident attorney
Do: Provide information as much information as possible
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Don't guess. If you don't know or don't remember something, tell your lawyer that. You do not need to make up facts or guess the answer to a question just to have a response. That can make things more difficult for everyone in the long run.
Don't lie. Tell your lawyer everything up front, even if it's a fact that hurts your case. They will find out anyway. It's easier for your lawyer to fight for you when they don't have to face unnecessary surprises along the way.
Don't be a tough guy. It's okay to say you were injured in a car accident. Thousands of people are injured in car accidents every year. If you don't tell your doctor or lawyer about your injuries, they cannot help you get the treatment and compensation you deserve. Be honest with them and with yourself about what happened to your body during and after the accident.
Don't be shy. Ask questions about things you don't know or don't understand. That is what your accident attorney is there for. You have every right to know what is going on with your claim and to be kept informed throughout the process. If you have questions along the way, ask!
The process of handling a personal injury claim can be stressful and confusing at times. Your lawyer is there to help you navigate this process and protect your rights. The insurance company is not your friend, they don't have your best interest at heart, but your accident attorney does. After the initial call your CrashLawyers team will immediately spring into action on your case and will work with you to fill in any blanks. We will contact necessary insurance companies, doctors and even a rental car company. We will be by your side every step and walk you through the process of recovery.