When you or a family member is involved in an automobile accident, many important questions arise about what you should do to prevent a potentially devastating loss. Should I get a medical checkup after the accident? Who pays for the medical bills? Who pays for the car repairs and rental car? How do I know if the other driver has insurance or whether I have enough insurance? What key evidence needs to be preserved now to protect my claim?
If you are involved in a car accident, you should:
• Avoid making any detailed statements concerning fault;
• Get the names of vehicle drivers, owners, and passengers;
• Get the names and contact information of any witnesses;
• Take good photos of the scene, vehicles and damage, and your injuries;
• Seek medical attention if injured; and
• Do not give statements to insurance adjusters or investigators until you have hired a lawyer.
If you are injured in an auto accident, get medical attention as soon as possible and follow your doctor’s recommendations. Auto accident injuries can include whiplash, head injuries, brain injuries, bone and muscle injuries, spine and spinal cord injuries, and aggravations of arthritis and pre-existing conditions. Claims for injuries often depend on medical records linking the auto accident to the injuries received, so it is important to get the medical care you need both for your recovery and to preserve your legal claim.
As an injured party you are entitled to compensation for the cost of your medical treatment, lost earnings, property damage, pain and suffering, loss of activities and lifestyle, and many other available losses. For a list of the most frequent types of recoverable damages, see our Common Questions page. The at-fault driver is responsible for all injuries and losses that you sustain. The at-fault driver’s insurance company and its lawyers begin their work immediately after the car accident to defend against your claim, including obtaining witness statements and other evidence, and investigating you and often your personal medical history and records. It is very important to retain your own experienced lawyer as soon as possible after the accident to protect your rights and your entitlement to full compensation.
Attorney Terence Traverso and his legal team have successfully resolved many hundreds of auto accident cases and they will help you recover all compensation available to you by law, either by settlement, arbitration, or trial. For a free consultation or to ask questions about your case, contact us at 425-453-0115.