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What to Expect After an Accident

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, wage losses,  out of pocket expenses, 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 provides an estimate for how much your claim is worth, 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 pay for someone else’s mistakes. If you were injured in a car accident caused by another party’s negligent 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.

Begin your case today and contact us at (432) 214-8125 to request your free case review.