If you have never been involved been involved in an accident, you might
not know what to expect in the aftermath. Unfortunately, motor vehicle
accidents are commonplace occurrences, so even if you have not been involved
in one yet, chances are it could happen eventually. The best thing you
can do for yourself is to be prepared and to know what to expect in the
aftermath, so you can better handle it. None of us can prevent accidents,
but we can all do everything possible to prepare ourselves for a worst-case scenario.
Below is a general breakdown of what you can expect to happen after an
accident and what you can do to protect yourself legally:
1. Preserving evidence: One of the first things you should do after a motor vehicle accident is
to preserve the evidence as best as you can. Call the police to ensure
that a report is filed, exchange information with the other party or parties
involved, take as many pictures as possible, and report the accident to
your insurance company. These steps will help you build the evidence you
need to support your claim.
2. Injuries: You might feel fine after an accident, especially given all the adrenaline
that is pumping through your veins, but it is still important to see a
doctor afterward. Even something as seemingly minor as whiplash can develop
into a serious chronic condition. If your injuries are more visibly apparent,
be sure to document them through pictures and to continue to take pictures
of them over the coming days or weeks. Of course, if your injuries are
obviously very severe, you might need to be escorted to the hospital in
an ambulance. Either way, seeking medical treatment should be a priority
of yours. If it later turns out that you were injured and you failed to
seek medical treatment, an insurance adjuster might argue that the injuries
were not caused by the accident.
3. Dealing with the insurance company: When dealing with the at-fault party’s insurance company, it is
important to be careful about what you say. Anything can be taken out
of context or twisted to be used against you. Keep in mind that you are
not obligated to provide the insurance company a recorded statement or
to tell them anything beyond the basics of what occurred. Your
personal injury attorney can handle any communication with them on your behalf if you
are not comfortable doing so yourself.
4. Your claim’s value: Your personal injury attorney will also be able to assess the value of
your claim, factoring in your medical bills, future medical expenses,
out of pocket expenses, wage losses, and pain and suffering. Having an
accurate assessment of your claim will be critical for understanding whether
or not an offer being made by the insurance company is fair.
5. Negotiating a claim: Once your attorney has an estimate for what the value of your claim is,
he or she can begin negotiating with the insurance company. Ultimately,
whether or not you decide to accept an offer is up to you, but your attorney
will advise you and let you know if something is fair, or if it would
be best to take the case to court. In the event that the insurance company
is being unreasonable, or simply refuses to negotiate your claim, your
personal injury claim will go through litigation, so it is important that
you hire an attorney who is not only equipped to handle negotiations,
but prepared to fight on your behalf in court.
Car Accident Attorney in Midland
Being injured in a car accident is overwhelming, stressful, and painful.
At Dean Law Firm in Midland, our
car accident attorneys believe you should not have to bear the burden of someone else’s
mistakes. If you were injured in a motor vehicle accident that was caused
by another party’s negligent or reckless actions, you need skilled
legal guidance on your side. Backed by over 20 years of experience, you
can be confident in our ability to represent you.
Get started on your case today and contact us at
(432) 214-8125 to request your free initial case evaluation.