Car accident cases
are by far the most common type of personal injury lawsuits being filed in our court systems by car accident lawyers
today. In fact, more than six million car accidents occur in America each year. Annually, more than 3 million people are injured due to car accidents, with a majority of these injuries being permanent. That equates to one car accident fatality every 12 minutes and one car accident injury every 14 seconds. The economic costs of car accident settlements
, personal injuries and property damage resulting from car accidents are over $150 billion per year.
Unfortunately, chances are that you’ll probably be involved in at least one car accident in your lifetime. Therefore, you should know what to do in order to protect yourself and your legal rights.
If you are involved in a car accident, first make sure you and your passengers (if any) are alright. Use your hazard warning lights or set flares to warn oncoming traffic, and be sure not to leave the scene of the car accident. Be sure to exchange important information with other drivers involved in the car accident, including names, addresses, phone numbers, and license plate numbers. Also, be sure to ask for the name of the insurance companies and policy numbers of the other drivers involved in the car accident. Always call the police (and paramedics if necessary) to report the car accident if any damages or injuries are involved. Be sure to interview any witnesses and record their comments as quickly as possible, and remember that any information gathered immediately after the car accident will be much more reliable that any recalled at some later date. If you have a camera, try to take a picture of the car accident scene
, but only do so if it is safe. Please keep in mind that anything you say to anyone after the car accident may be admissible against you, so it is vital to only provide information that is accurate. Always get a copy of the police report, which are usually available about 10 days after the car accident occurred. Review the police report to make sure it matches your recollection of the car accident. Your attorney will be able to advise you if the police report differs from your recollection of the car accident.
It is very important to seek medical attention for any injuries as quickly as possible. If treatment is delayed, the other driver may claim that is was something other than his or her negligence that caused your injury. Even minor injuries should be addressed quickly, since they can quickly develop into major health problems.
If you have been injured in a car accident, you should contact an experienced car accident lawyer
who can evaluate your claim and protect your legal rights. Keep in mind that there are time limitations (statutes of limitations
) involved with filing your claim. As a result, it is important to act quickly and contact a car accident lawyer with any questions or issues. An experienced car accident attorney will help determine what medical benefits and other compensation you will be entitled to.
- Automobile & Motorcycle Accidents