AFTER A MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT- Why you need to hire an attorney!
What to do as the victim of a car accident may at first seem basic. Call the insurance companies, ask the other driver for information and leave the scene. However, there are many things to keep in mind so that you do not make common mistakes that could cost you fair compensation for injuries.
What TO DO after a CAR ACCIDENTFirst, be safe. Do not get out of your vehicle on a busy road and do not get out if you have concerns about the other driver. Next, call Guard Dog Injury Law. Immediate legal advise will assure that you do not make any common mistakes that could cost you a lot. Call 911 for police. A trained traffic officer's presence on the scene will help assure that the opposing driver is found to be at fault. If you feel different medically in any way, ask for paramedics. If you do not, even if you feel pain, discomfort or just plain different, the insurance company will later claim that you were NOT injured at all! Obtain the other driver's insurance, registration and photo identification. I cannot tell you how many times, false information is provided. You need documented verification as to the other driver's identification and evidence of insurance. Take pictures of the information, take pictures of the accident scene and take pictures of the property damage. This way, the other driver has no ability to lie. If possible, obtain admissions from the other driver as to fault and either have them write it down or record them. I cannot tell you how many times in over 20 plus years that I have heard my client tell me the other driver said one thing, only to later hear the other driver change their story.
If paramedics arrive on the scene and you are injured, accept their offer to transport you to the hospital. If you need medical care and you refuse emergency medical care, the insurance company may later claim that you are not that hurt or maybe not hurt at all!
If you are hurt you must seek medical care, immediately! Don't wait or hesitate the longer you wait the more pain you will be in and the more it will cost you!
Finally, get the advice of a Personal Injury Attorney in your state.
Getting the maximum amount possible for a victim is important to Guard Dog Law. Guard Dog Law exists to help injured victims of an accident. Michael Federico is a Nevada Licensed Attorney with over 20 years in personal injury. His past clients include insurance companies, casinos and victims of accidents.
What NOT TO DO after a CAR ACCIDENTDo not admit fault to the opposing party. Fault is something to ultimately be determined by a judge or jury.
Do not call the other driver's insurance company. They will try to trick you into making admissions that will hurt your claim. For instance, one day after the accident they will ask you if you were hurt. Symptoms from car accidents could take many days to develop, yet your early admission that you were not hurt will later be used against you in order to deny your claim. Do not accept the verbal statements by the other driver at face value. I cannot tell you how many times I have had clients come to me with unverified, handwritten information that turns out to be false. If you do not have accurate information, you will be unable to make a claim against the other driver and his or her own insurance policy.
Finally, do not choose to represent yourself in your claim. Studies have shown that Victims represented by an Attorney will typically get 3 times more than those victims fighting the insurance companies with out legal representation. Insurance carriers have their secretive tactics and little respect for the unrepresented. Insurance companies will do everything to save their money and many times "low ball" victims.
Seeking legal advice from a skilled personal Injury attorney is very important. Getting the maximum amount possible for a victim is most important to Guard Dog Law, as Guard Dog Law exists to help injured victims of an accident. Michael Federico is a Nevada attorney with over 20 years experience in personal injury. His past clients have included insurance companies, casinos and victims of accidents.