The aftermath of a car accident is chaotic, which is why victims tend to have a lot of questions about the way they should proceed. When you’re injured and overwhelmed by the events that transpired, making a mistake that could cause health complications or financial stress is easy.
But you should never forget one thing: you shouldn’t have to pay the consequences of another driver’s negligence. Car accident attorneys understand the pain, confusion, and frustration you feel and are here to help. Below are some of the common questions we receive about car accidents.
In the initial moments following an accident, it’s important to stay calm so you can get to a safe location. Panicking and stopping in the middle of the road can make the situation worse and cause another crash. Once you’re in a safe place, you should check for injuries and assess the damage done to your property if possible.
If the other driver isn’t intoxicated or dangerous, you should approach them and exchange basic contact information like names and details about licenses and insurance. It’s also important to start gathering evidence as soon as possible. Remember to always take pictures of the scene of an accident, the surrounding area, your injuries, and all vehicles involved.
Yes, you should always call the police after a car accident. You’re required to do so by law in the state of Georgia when there are injuries, deaths, or significant property damage. But even in a minor collision, the presence of police officers is crucial to your claim’s success. The police will provide an important piece of evidence: a police report.
This document contains all the information gathered by law enforcement, and it can help you prove who’s at fault. It also demonstrates that an accident took place because of someone’s negligence, so insurance adjusters and the negligent driver can’t deny the existence of this collision.
You should always schedule a doctor’s appointment if you don’t end up in an emergency room. You may feel fine at the moment, but it’s common for accident victims to experience delayed symptoms, especially if a concussion or any kind of head trauma happened as a result of the collision.
You should also receive medical attention because it’s the only way to obtain a medical report. This report provides proof of your injuries to insurance companies and potential defendants. Healthcare professionals can also provide a statement to support your version of the facts when you’re unable to work.
Taking legal action on your own and representing yourself can be tricky after a personal injury takes place. Your legal battle may take a lot of time, especially when negotiating your settlement with the insurance company. Without legal guidance, you may make a mistake that will negatively impact your compensation and your future.
An experienced personal injury lawyer has already dealt with similar cases in the past and knows how to negotiate aggressively so you can be compensated quickly. They also have the knowledge necessary to include all damages into your compensation and can speak on your behalf so you don’t get lowballed by adjusters.
You should speak with a lawyer as soon as possible. Not wasting time allows you to preserve evidence while making sure that you won’t have to wait for a long time before receiving your compensation.
It’s important to remember that all personal injury claims in Georgia are subject to a statute of limitations, which means that if more than two years pass from the date of the accident, you won’t be able to file a successful claim.
Our personal injury lawyers work on a contingency fee, which means that we won’t get paid until you receive your settlement. You won’t pay out of pocket, either. You’ll instead pay a portion of your compensation, as agreed upon with your lawyer.
We even offer free consultations. That gives you a chance to speak with an attorney before you agree to representation.
If you’re looking for additional information, our legal team at Fischer Redavid PLLC can give you the answers you need during a free case consultation. We also understand that you’re in a difficult, confusing situation, but we’re here to help.
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