Auto Accidents

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Modified on 2009/10/14 21:52 by admin
Auto accident cases are currently the most widespread type of personal injury cases being filed in America’s legal system. Each year over 6 million auto accidents occur, and more than 3 million individuals are injured in auto accidents annually, most of those injuries being permanent. That means there is an auto accident fatality every 12 minutes and an auto accident injury every 14 seconds. The annual economic cost of property damage and personal injuries associated with auto accident settlements is over $150 billion. Regrettably, there is a good chance that you will be in an auto accident at some point in your life. As a result, it is important to know how to protect yourself and your legal rights.

First, if you get into an auto accident, see if any passengers (including yourself) are uninjured. Be sure not to leave the scene of the auto accidents, and set flares and use your hazard lights to alert oncoming traffic. It is important to get essential information with the other parties who were in the auto accident, including phone numbers, addresses, license plate numbers, and names. In addition, make sure to get the insurance company names and policy numbers from the other people involved in the auto accident. Whenever there is property damage or injuries, always call the police (and ambulance if necessary) to report the auto accident. Next, question any witnesses and write down their comments immediately, and don’t forget that information is more dependable when taken right after an auto accident as opposed to a later date. Also, if it is safe, attempt to take pictures of the auto accident if you have a camera.

Please realize that anything you say to any person following the auto accident may be admissible against you, therefore only give information that is precise. Be sure to receive a copy of the police report, which can be obtained approximately 10 days after the auto accident took place. Check the police report to verify that it matches your memory of the auto accident. Your lawyer can provide you with advice if your recollection differs from what is on the police report.

Most importantly, get medical treatment for your injuries as soon as possible. If your medical treatment is postponed, the other party can assert that his or her negligence was not the cause of your injury. Even seemingly small injuries should be dealt with immediately because they can easily turn into significant health issues.

If you have been hurt in an auto accident, please get in touch with an qualified auto accident lawyer who can assess your case and look after your legal rights. Also note that there are time restrictions (statutes of limitations) associated with your lawsuit. Therefore, it is vital to act swiftly and get in touch with an auto accident attorney as soon as possible. An qualified auto accident lawyer can help find out what medical benefits and other compensation you lawfully deserve in an auto accident settlement or lawsuit.

See Also

  1. Automobile & Motorcycle Accidents
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