Motor Vehicle Accidents lawsuits are currently the most pervasive type of personal injury claims being filed in America’s court systems today. Every year, there are more than 6 million motor vehicle accidents with over 3 million people are hurt in these accidents. That equates to one motor vehicle accident
every 12 minutes and someone being injured in a motor vehicle accident every 14 seconds. Each year, the cost of personal injuries and property damage related to motor vehicle accidents is more than $150 billion. Sadly, the odds favor that you will be involved in at least one motor vehicle accident during your lifetime. As such, it is essential to know how to guard and protect your legal interests in these cases.
The first thing to do if you get into a motor vehicle accident
is to verify that you and any passengers are uninjured. Do not leave the scene of the accident and use the hazard blinkers to forewarn oncoming traffic. Be sure to exchange information with the other drivers involved in the motor vehicle accident, including names, license plate numbers, phone numbers, and addresses along with insurance company names and policy numbers. Report the accident to the police and paramedics whenever injuries or property damage occurs. After that, interview all the witnesses and immediately record their comments. Remember, information obtained immediately after the motor vehicle accident is more reliable than when it is recorded long after the accident occurs. In addition, use your camera to take pictures of the motor vehicle accident scene, but only if it is safe to do so. Also, be aware that any information you give out may potentially be used against you in a lawsuit. So only give accurate information. Approximately 10 days after the motor vehicle accident
, make sure to get a copy of the police report and check it for inaccuracies. Don’t worry, your attorney can advise you if the police report differs from your recollection.
Most importantly, seek medical attention as quickly as possible for any injuries sustained in the motor vehicle accident.
If treatment is delayed, the opposing party may claim that your injuries did not arise from the motor vehicle accident. Therefore, even the smallest injuries must be addressed quickly because they can become major health problems.
If you or someone you know has been hurt in a motor vehicle accident, seek the assistance of an experienced lawyer who will be able to protect your legal rights. Please realize that there are time restrictions (statutes of limitations
) that may bar yor claim. As such, it is essential to act fast and consult with a motor vehicle accident lawyer soon. An experienced motor vehicle accident attorney will be able to evluate your case and determine the compensation and benefits you are entitled to.
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