Any kind of auto crash can cause a large amount of stress. The crash is followed shortly by the overwhelming process of getting your vehicle repaired, seeking medical treatment, and losing valuable time with your family and your work.
Add fighting with the insurance company to this list, and that’s enough to send anyone over the edge. Insurance adjusters will go to unbelievable lengths to prevent you from recovering the money you’re owed.
Hiring a personal injury attorney to represent you puts a qualified advocate in your corner. A good lawyer knows how to deal with the hardball tactics of insurance adjusters. No matter how bad the auto crash is, the attorneys at the Marc Lopez Law Firm take every case seriously. Our job is to ease your stress and help you navigate the process of getting financial compensation and the absolute best care you deserve.
After a Crash: What to Do
Being in a car crash is scary, but sooner or later, it happens to everyone. Here are some things to keep in mind:
Try to relocate your vehicle to an emergency lane or out of the flow of traffic. Obviously, this only applies if your vehicle is able to be moved, but the idea is to find someplace safe to trade information with the other driver.
Call the police and report the crash. Even if the collision was minor, you still want to make sure that a report is filed. This allows for timely documentation of the facts and helps to compensate for memory gaps and prevent errors of recollection.
Seek medical treatment. If you’re in doubt, call an ambulance. It’s better to be safe than sorry. If the injury is minor enough, you might wait until after leaving the scene of the crash to visit the emergency room. Be aware that not all injuries are immediately evident. Some might take a few days to manifest, so it’s important to consult with a doctor after an auto crash.
Gather all necessary information. This means you need to take down the other driver’s name, address, phone number, insurance provider, policy number, and driver’s license number, in addition to the vehicle’s license plate number, the owner of the vehicle, and—if the driver and the owner are not the same person—how the two are related. Photographs are also very helpful. If possible, try to get contact information from any witnesses.
Don’t discuss your crash or injuries with anyone other than the police, your doctor, or your lawyer. Giving statements to insurance representatives without first speaking to your attorney can severely disrupt your case. It might even ruin it.
The Value of Your Case
Every personal injury client wants to know what their case is worth, but there’s never an exact number—every case is different, and the amount you recover will depend on a number of different factors. Your personal injury case is built over time as evidence is collected and your injuries are diagnosed.
You may be entitled to receive compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, or reduced earnings due to long-term injuries. At the Marc Lopez Law Firm, we understand that your case is important, and we want to make sure that you get the recovery you deserve.