After you’ve been in a car accident, many things go through your mind. Besides the stress and escalated adrenaline, you have to worry about personal injuries, damage to your vehicle, handling insurance claims and other related issues. An experienced car accident attorney can be extremely helpful in negotiating the often confusing world of insurance claims and settlements. Steinberg Law can help you recover losses resulting from a car accident or a motorcycle accident and handle the paperwork associated with car insurance claims. We are committed to providing excellent representation in areas such as personal injury, wrongful death, property destruction and other related determinations especially where drunk driving, reckless driving, hit and run, distracted driving and speeding was involved.
After a car accident, you will have peace of mind in knowing that a professional who is knowledgeable about the relevant laws and procedural rules is representing you. The time period following an automobile accident is hectic but very essential. What you do and say can greatly affect the case outcome, whether it’s against you or another liable party. In Florida, there are myriad rules and regulations that can complicate your insurance claims and recovery of additional damages for severe injury or death. To help you recover the losses incurred because of an accident, such as medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and car repairs, it is important to speak to a professional.
How can a car accident lawyer help you?
Although it all depends on the specifics and complexity of your case, an auto accident attorney generally can:
- Communicate with the other driver’s insurer. A car accident attorney will initiate a discussion with the insurance adjuster of the other party involved.
- Obtain the relevant evidence to prove liability in a car accident claim. If you have a case, an accident attorney will work to uncover evidence that proves liability.
- Obtain medical information relating to your injuries and organizing your medical records and bills so that you can prove damages in your claim.
- Conduct negotiations to obtain a favorable and just settlement. Accident attorneys will help you navigate the settlement process successfully.
When should you consult a car accident attorney?
When it is necessary to file a lawsuit against another driver(s), defend your own lawsuit or if you are having issues settling a claim with your insurance provider. Before deciding whether to represent yourself in a seemingly minor lawsuit, you should note that the lawsuit could become complicated and the consequences of litigation can be very serious. Contact Steinberg Law for a free consultation quickly after the accident. The longer you wait, the less likely you will be able to cover all of the damages to which you may be entitled.
What to do after an automobile accident?
Even if you do your best to drive responsibly, accidents do happen and it is a good idea to know what to do in case you find yourself involved in a car accident. Here are some tips as to what to immediately after that accident:
Stay at the scene
Don’t leave the accident scene until it is appropriate to do so. Leaving, especially when someone has sustained serious injuries or was killed, could cause you to face serious criminal charges for leaving the accident.
Make sure all drivers and passengers are not seriously injured
If someone is severely injured, you should call for medical attention immediately. Avoid moving those that are severely injured until professional help arrives as this could aggravate the injuries.
Call the police
If there is evident property damage, physical injury or death, a police officer needs to be called to the accident scene. While waiting for the police, make sure that your hazard lights are on to alert other drivers to steer clear. A police officer will make a report of the facts of the accident that will be used in insurance investigations and any potential lawsuits. The officer will help determine if anyone was driving while intoxicated and will also exchange information between you and the other driver.
Obtain relevant information
You need the essential information of everyone involved in the accident. Get their names, numbers, addresses, driver license numbers, license plate numbers and general insurance information from all the drivers. Get the names, addresses and telephone numbers of all witnesses at the scene so you have someone to call when investigations start. Take photographs of any damage of the vehicle as soon as possible. Remember: most cellular telephones are equipped with a camera. Also, note any relevant facts surrounding the accident such as time, date, location and anything else you think is important.
Call your insurance company to report the accident
Explain the facts of your accident clearly and, if you plan on filing a claim, get the claim process started as soon as possible with the help of a car accident attorney. Your attorney can help determine who was at fault and help you obtain compensation for property damage and personal injuries a car or truck accident.
State only the facts and limit your discussion of the accident to your attorney, police and the insurance agent.
Accident scenes can be very stressful, but it’s important to pay attention to what you say. Try not to admit guilt or liability as there are other factors that could have played a role in the accident that may demonstrate that the other party was at fault.
Seek immediate medical attention
Obtain immediate medical attention for your injuries at a hospital or urgent care center. Otherwise your insurance company may attempt to argue that your injuries are preexisting and/or arose from an unrelated incident.
Contact an Auto Accident Lawyer
Speak to an attorney as soon as possible to help you better defend yourself if at fault or to help you recover maximum compensation if another party caused the accident. A person should contact an attorney within a week or two, but especially before reaching a settlement with the insurance company. The earlier you make contact with a car accident attorney the better.
As a general rule, if your total medical bills exceed $3,000 or if you are out of work for more than a week, you should hire a lawyer. Every case is different. though, and thus you should consider getting a free consultation with Steinberg Law to review your claim and advise you if there is any need to be represented by an attorney. Contact our Palm Beach Gardens or Delray Beach offices if you have legal questions after an accident.