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Motor Vehicle Crashes

Posted on Monday, May 2nd, 2011

A vehicle crash can occur within seconds, but the serious injuries, pain, disability, and financial losses can last a lifetime. Vehicle crashes also can result in a decline in your health, loss of your time and income, and a significant loss to the quality of your life. Every year, innocent victims are severely injured and sometimes killed in vehicle crashes caused by negligent and reckless drivers. Our attorneys work with our firm Investigator and a network of recognized experts to determine the cause of your crash, review medical records, assess your injuries and develop a solid case to protect your rights.

After completing our initial investigation and inspections, our firm maintains vehicles and other material evidence at our evidence warehouse, where we preserve and store evidence in order to conduct ongoing investigations while preparing our cases for settlement or trial.

We have the legal, financial, technical and expert witness resources needed to challenge doctors and other experts hired by insurance companies to limit their financial responsibility. Our experience in complex and highly technical products liability and highway engineering litigation allows our attorneys to successfully pursue and prove our clients’ claims for injuries resulting from any type of automobile accident.

Our firm’s experience, reputation, trial skills and complete commitment to our clients levels the playing field for accident victims. Our legal team fights throughout the course of your case to ensure that you are compensated now and for the future.

DOs And DON’Ts For Victims Of Trucking Or Automobile Accidents
The moments after an accident are often overwhelming and confusing. There are certain key things you must do, if possible, to protect yourself. These include taking pictures of the accident, noting the time/weather and not signing your rights away to an insurance adjuster, no matter how much pressure is brought to bear. If you wait, important evidence can be washed away or lost.

You might want to print and keep a copy of these helpful tips with you for quick reference.

DOs:
Immediately call for medical help if someone is injured.
Call the police. They will document the accident and gather facts for legal purposes. If you don’t call the police, it is your word against another person.
Report the accident to your insurance agent as soon as possible.
Exchange information with the other parties involved, such as address and phone number. In a car accident, get the license plate number; make, model and year of the vehicle; driver’s insurance information; car registration number; driver’s license number.
Get the names, addresses, and phone numbers of any witnesses.
Use your mobile phone to take pictures of the accident, damage to the vehicle, and the area around the accident.
Collect any physical evidence that could have caused the accident.
Gather details from the accident: draw a diagram of the accident; note the date and time; the type of weather; the location of the accident, including any landmarks.
DON’Ts:
Don’t panic. Remain calm and call for help.
Don’t leave the scene of the accident.
Don’t discuss the accident with anyone or verbally blame anyone (including you).
Don’t forget to document and take pictures of all damages, especially your vehicle, if in a car accident.
Don’t wait. The longer you wait to get medical care or legal advice, the harder it is to prove your case.
Don’t speak to anybody from the at-fault person’s insurance company before consulting a lawyer. If you give a statement, it may be used against you in the future.
Don’t sign any papers given to you by an insurance company or agree to a settlement of your case until you get legal advice.
If you would like an attorney to review your case, please contact us here or call our office at 904-356-6071 to arrange a free confidential consultation.