Do’s and Don’ts after a Car Accident

Being involved in an auto-accident is a very traumatic situation.  Each year, about six million U.S. motorists are involved in motor vehicle accidents.  What is more traumatic than the accident is the acts or things that the victims do and don’t do after a car or motor-vehicle accident has occurred.  So, it becomes important that you not only understand the things you should do but also the things that you should not do in order to protect yourself and to enhance the chances of receiving compensation.

At the Law Office of Andrew S. Kasmer P.C.,  our proactive and experienced attorneys employ aggressive measures to get you the damages you deserve for the your lost wages, medical bills, and pain & suffering. To strengthen your claim, you need to follow these easy and simple tips:

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  • Get medical attention immediately after the accident. Not only is medical attention necessary to detect injuries, it is also important because the medical report serves as a valuable asset for your car-accident claim.
  • Report your accident, to your insurers, within a short period of time. As reporting it too long after the accident can threaten your chances of getting any compensation that you deserve.
  • Keep your conversation brief while talking to the insurers and police, NEVER volunteer any information beyond the essentials and without the counsel of your lawyer.
  • Write down any and all information regarding the witnesses and other drivers involved in the accident, such as their names, addresses, telephone numbers, and anything else that you may notice about them or think is important.
  • Take photographs of the accident scene for additional evidence.
  • File a police report as most insurance companies do not consider car accident cases without a police report worthy of a reasonable settlement.
  • Call an experienced law firm right away because the sooner your case is in the hands of an experienced lawyer, the better your chances of getting accurate compensation.

Just as the things mentioned above are the things you should do after a car accident, there are also things you should not do:

  • Do not immediately admit to any fault or provide statements to the police without the counsel of your lawyer.
  • Do not discuss the car accident at length with your insurers as most of the time they use the victims’ words against them in order to deny their claim.
  • Do not agree to any settlement terms without consulting your attorney.

If you have any additional queries or if you or any of your loved ones have been involved in an auto-accident and you need expert assistance Contact the Law Office of Andrew S. Kasmer P.C. Our experienced lawyers will review your case and help you get the compensation you deserve.

Why should you hire an Auto-Accident injury attorney?

Being involved or injured in an auto-accident brings along with itself injuries, traumas, and various other intangible issues and worries like who will pay for your damage, loss, and medical expenses, and whether your insurance provider offer you an accurate claim and many more.  In other words, auto-accidents pose financial and emotional, as well as physical stress on you.  So, if you are involved in a motor-vehicle accident and are considering filing a pursuit against the at-fault driver or want to file an insurance claim for your personal and property damage; it is always advisable and wise to hire the services of a skilled auto accident lawyer because:

  • Through their years of experience, an auto-accident lawyer, can deal precisely with settlement cases which includes: assessing your injuries, understanding the work process of insurance companies, deciding your accident claim, etc. Your attorney performs all these tasks orderly and skillfully to get you a higher settlement claim.
  • Auto-accident attorneys are well aware of the insurance companies’ work processes and intentions.  They can negotiate with these companies and the attorneys of at-fault drivers as well, to get you fair compensation for your claim and if necessary or required can represent your case in court. A fair settlement without a lawyer is not possible as insurance companies are intent on paying out the least possible for claims.
  • Most auto-accidents make the victims incapable of performing their daily activities and job responsibilities. So, they have to part with their regular income because of their incapability.  Trained lawyers fight for the victim’s rights and guide them through the whole legal process to get them the fairest claim possible.
  • Only motor-vehicle accident lawyers have a thorough understanding of all the legal processes and necessary documentations so they can gather and present the facts of a case which includes accident details, police reports, statements of the parties involved and other relevant proof as it is required in order to work out a fair settlement for you.
  • An expert auto-accident lawyer can earn you fair and square compensation for your personal injuries, property damage, hospital and medical expenses, lost wages, and various other expenses.
  • Most of auto-accident attorneys work on a contingency basis, which means that they will only get paid if you receive an insurance settlement.
  • Most accident injuries do not go to trial because insurance companies know that the cost of going to trial is always higher than settling with you. Moreover, there is every possibility that the jury will vote in your favor and award you a higher settlement which is more likely to occur with the help of an expert lawyer who is the only one that can use this option to bargain for a higher claim on your behalf.
  • The legal fee of an auto-accident attorney is only a percentage of what is obtained in the recovery of the claim.  So, any victim of an auto-accident injury can hire an attorney regardless of their minimal financial condition.
  • In your initial meeting with an auto-accident attorney you will receive help presenting an accurate and authentic statement to the insurance adjuster. This statement includes detailed information about the accident and how it has affected you.  Any loopholes, misstatements, or omitted information in the statement that you give to the insurance adjuster can be used against you in an effort to lower your claim.
  • Time limitations can lead to the termination of your claim. Lawyers are well aware of these time-limits and the procedures for filing your claim, so they will take the appropriate steps to preserve and shield your rights.
  • The amount of your claim is largely decided upon on the basis of medical opinions and the opinions of other experts. An auto-accident attorney can obtain the opinion of various other experts, such as occupational therapists, vocational consultants, and economists.  The attorney is then able to use the advice of these additional experts in the proof and valuation of claims for your decreased earning capacity and future treatment costs.

Contact the Law Office of Andrew S. Kasmer P.C., if you have been injured in an auto-accident and offered an unfair settlement by the insurance company.  Through their relentless efforts, our compassionate lawyers will help you get what you deserve.