Car and truck accidents occur daily. Some of these accidents are very minor while others are much more serious with devastating injuries. When an accident results in injuries there are some steps you should take to make sure that your rights are protected. If you are involved in an accident that is not your fault, the other driver may be held responsible for your expenses including medical bills, lost wages, and money for your pain and suffering.
Seek Immediate Medical Attention
Whether you suffer a major injury or are only slightly injured, it is always a good idea to get checked out by a medical professional. Some injuries can become worse over time and others may not be apparent at first. If you hit your head, even slightly, be sure to get checked for a concussion. Keep track of all your medical treatments and diagnoses as well as all the associated paperwork. Remember that some injuries may require ongoing rehabilitation, which could be necessary for months or even years.
Make a Police Report
If you are able to do so, call the police. Make a police statement but be careful about what you say. If the accident was clearly not your fault, there is often no problem. However, in many situations, the other driver (or his insurance company) tries to avoid taking responsibility. For this reason you must be clear about what happened and seek out witnesses, getting their names and phone numbers. Do not admit guilt.
Do Not Speak with the Other Insurance Company
The other driver’s insurance company may contact you for a statement or to settle the case. Do not speak to them without first contacting your own attorney. Any statements you make could hurt you later. The representative may want to offer you a check rather quickly. This should not be done because the amount offered may not be enough to cover your medical expenses. Do not make any quick decisions before getting legal assistance. Any type of settlement should be made only in accordance with your lawyer.
Contact an Attorney
If you or a loved one has been injured in a serious accident, contact an attorney as soon as possible. An experienced lawyer immediately begins to examine the case and will do everything necessary as quickly as possible. For example, the police report will be evaluated, witnesses will be interviewed, and if needed, the accident scene will be inspected. The accident will be reviewed to determine liability and negligence, two necessary factors in the case. Additionally, your medical records will be assessed to determine the extent of injuries as well as how they will impact your life now and in the future. Your attorney will work on your behalf to resolve the case in your favor. Many of these types of cases are settled out of court. However, if you need to take the matter to trial, count on your lawyer to properly litigate the matter.
If you or a loved one has been harmed in an accident that was someone else’s fault, you need a skilled lawyer as quickly as possible. Contact the experienced legal team at Berman & Riedel, LLP to discuss your case.