A vehicle crash can occur within seconds, but the serious injuries, pain, disability, and financial losses often last a lifetime. Declines in your health, loss of your time and income, and a significant decrease in quality of your life all occur due to the negligence of someone else. It is essential to have attorneys who have expertise in car crash litigation to represent your interests after a car crash happens to you.
Our attorneys have been trying car crash cases for more than 40 years, and they have the resources to help you. We work with our firm’s in-house investigator and a network of recognized experts to determine the cause of your crash, and develop a solid case to protect your rights. We also have the legal, financial, technical and expert witness resources necessary to challenge the doctors and other experts typically hired by insurance companies to limit their financial responsibility.
Our firm’s experience, reputation, trial skills and complete commitment to our clients levels the playing field for car crash victims. Our legal team fights throughout the course of your case to ensure that you are compensated now and for the future.
The moments after a crash are often overwhelming and confusing. Make sure you know what to do and what not to do in the event of a car crash:
- 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 the at-fault driver’s.
- Report the accident to your insurance agent as soon as possible.
- Exchange information with the other people involved, such as address, phone number, and insurance policy information. In a car crash, 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.
- Take pictures of the crash, damage to the vehicle, and the area around the crash.
- Collect any physical evidence that could have caused the crash.
- Gather details from the crash: draw a diagram of the crash; note the date and time; the type of weather; the location of the crash, including any landmarks.
- Don’t panic. Remain calm and call for help.
- Don’t leave the scene of the crash.
- Don’t discuss the crash with anyone other than as required by law enforcement.
- Don’t forget to document and take pictures of all damages, especially your vehicle.
- Don’t wait. The longer you wait to get medical care or legal advice, the harder it is to prove your case. In most cases, you must receive medical care within 14 days or else you could lose coverage under your own insurance policy.
- 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.