When you’re in a car collision, your to-do list just seems to get longer and longer. After you’ve recovered from the shock of being involved in an accident, it’s time to take the proper steps to ensure everything is documented and handled as it should be so you can get back on the road and back to life as quickly as possible. However, in some situations, an accident can cause some serious hang-ups that may prevent you from moving on with your life right away and may require legal intervention. If you experience any of the following, it may be time to find a lawyer to help you navigate the problem.
The first thing you should look for when you’re involved in an auto collision is the presence of any injuries. Your well-being is far more important than your material possessions, such as your vehicle. If you notice any pain, discomfort or are just nervous about the sometimes initially unnoticed physical consequences of an accident, it’s best to get yourself checked by a physician right away. For example, some whiplash victims don’t experience symptoms until days after an accident.
Be sure to report any pain or discomfort you feel to the police so they can document it in their report. If you are subjected to any serious or potentially permanent injuries such as paralysis, broken bones or any situation in which you have to stay in a hospital, you should seek out a personal injury lawyer immediately. A personal injury lawyer will ensure you get what you deserve for your pain and suffering, especially if it is the result of another party’s negligence.
Sometimes the shock of being involved in a collision can blur the truth of what actually happened. Many people also have a kneejerk reaction to apologize after something shocking and bad happens, such as in the immediate aftermath of an auto accident, even if it was not their fault.
After an accident, each party involved will give their reports of the incident to the police. If there is confusion or disagreement over who was at fault for the collision, insurance billing could be delayed and you could be unjustly charged for damages. Make sure the record is set straight by documenting the scene, damage and consulting a lawyer as soon as the situation becomes apparent. Being held responsible for a collision you aren’t at fault for can cause serious, long-term consequences for your finances. With a lawyer’s expertise, you can legally sort out the incident so you aren’t saddled with charges.
Dealing with your insurance company after an auto collision can be nothing short of a nightmare. You have to make sure you document everything, get accurate estimates on repairs and collect the other party’s insurance information. After you send off your claim, it’s out of your hands, potentially allowing some strange and unfair things to go on behind the scenes. If you begin to notice your insurer behaving strangely about your claim or if they involve their own attorney, it’s time to get your own lawyer as soon as possible. A lawyer can help communicate with your auto insurer and the insurer of the other driver to ensure you know all the facts surrounding your claim. Alternatively, if you just have questions about your policy, rights or know you don’t have enough coverage to cover the consequences of a collision, a lawyer can help mediate between you, your insurer and the other party’s insurance company.
Stay Confident on the Road
When the unexpected happens to you, you need to know you can rely on someone to help you through the consequences of a collision and the confusing, often exhausting procedures that go on in an accident’s wake. At Ashton and Price Attorneys at Law, you can trust we’ll help you understand your situation and navigate the legal aftermath of an accident, so you can get on with your life. To schedule a meeting with our experienced lawyers, contact us online or call 1-877-MY-INJURY.