We thought it would be helpful to gather some of the common questions that our clients ask.
What should I do if I’m in a car accident?
The first thing you should do after any auto accident is check yourself for injuries. Call 911 immediately, whether you, passengers, other drivers, or everyone is hurt. You will not be held responsible for the accident because you placed the call for help.
When the police officer arrives at the scene of the accident he/she will draw up a police report. This police report will act as an important official document when proving details of your case. Make sure to speak with witnesses, passengers, other drivers, and the police officer.
Make sure the scene is safe, then take as many photos as you can. Documenting the accident from a variety of angles, including the surrounding environment and other vehicles involved will help your case.
Gather information such as:
- Contact information
- Car details (model, year, color, license plate number)
- Insurance policy number
- Photos and/or videos
- Police officer’s information
- Police report number
Call your insurance agent as soon as you can after your accident. Be prepared to give them all of the information you collected. Remember, never admit fault to anyone, including your insurance company. If your agent asks about your injury or vehicle damage, tell them you will wait to give this information until you have visited a doctor and brought your vehicle to a mechanic.
Contact an attorney. You may need an attorney for a lot o differentf reasons after your accident. Contact an experienced car accident attorney at Bridge Law to obtain your rightful compensation for any damage that occurred.
Should I hire a lawyer even though it wasn’t my fault?
We, not just as a law firm, would personally hire a lawyer after a car accident. You should speak with a lawyer who specializes in car accidents and personal injury to seek compensations for any expenses whether it’d be medical bills, car repairs, etc. A lawyer can assist you through the personal injury claim process and secure a settlement for the accident.
Who pays for my medical bills after a car accident?
Insurance companies for the liable party would pay any medical expenses you received as a result of your injuries. However, this isn’t always the case. Insurance companies will dispute liability, making it very difficult to receive the financial compensation you are owed. In cases like these, your best course of action is usually to have your health insurance pay your medical bills upfront.
We will seek reimbursement from the liable auto insurance company as part of your settlement. Often the insurance companies causes another issues that makes it difficult to receive fair compensation. That’s where we come in, contact us so we can put our best personal injury lawyers into legal action for you.
How long will my personal injury case take?
It’s very difficult to say because each case is usually different and unique in its own way. Therefore, no general timeline can be established for personal injury cases. A personal injury case could settle in as little as a few months without the need for a trial. However, others can take years to complete.
Should I sign a release?
Before you sign anything, be sure to contact our personal injury lawyers to ensure your rights are protected. If you sign a release, you may be unable to recover future damages and compensation. In some instances, the insurer may offer an early settlement, which may not fully compensate the victim.
If you don’t see your question or would like more information, please contact our office during office hours.