After a car accident, should I notify the police while I’m at the accident scene?
Yes. You’ll want to get a police report as well.
What should I do if anyone appears injured?
Call for an ambulance or other appropriate transportation to a hospital. Tell the investigating police officer about the injuries and cooperate fully with health care providers.
What should I do if I’m injured?
If you sustained any injuries, seek medical attention as soon as possible. Medical documentation can be very important later on even if your injuries seem minor now. Above all, if your injuries persist, keep a diary of your medical condition and treatments. This information may be especially helpful if you decide to contact a personal injury attorney for legal assistance.
Should I move my vehicle?
Unless your vehicle is creating the potential for another accident, do not move it or the accident debris until you are instructed to do so by the investigating police officer.
Is it okay to talk about the accident?
Don’t discuss the accident with anyone other than the investigating police officer, your doctors, your own insurance representatives, and your lawyer.
What information do I need from the other driver(s) and witnesses?
Get the name, address, telephone number, and automobile insurance information from the other driver(s). Also, get the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of any witnesses to the accident.
What other information or documentation do I need?
Make notes of any statements made by the other driver(s) or occupants of the other vehicle about how the accident occurred. You may also want to take photographs of damage to your vehicle and the other vehicle. As time goes on also keep records of any direct expenses you may incur because of the accident, such as rental car charges.
Do I need to notify my insurance company about the accident?
Yes. Promptly report the accident to your insurance company.
What is No Fault?
No Fault Insurance on your vehicle will help you cover medical expenses and lost wages if you are injured in a car accident regardless of who caused the accident.
What determines the amount of my personal injury claim?
There is no standard formula for determining the value of a personal injury claim. Each person has a personal story of hardship. Your attorney at Jeffrey Freedman Attorneys, PLLC will examine the injuries you have incurred, your financial losses, and how this injury will affect your future. We will take all of this into consideration before we recommend a target amount for your settlement.
How long will it take to settle my case?
When you have been injured you and your family members face many difficult challenges. However, insurance companies know claimants want to settle as early as possible and use that knowledge to negotiate low settlements. At Jeffrey Freedman Attorneys, PLLC we recommend our clients do not rush to settle, and even though we obtain many satisfactory settlements out of court, we are always prepared to take your case to trial to get the compensation you deserve.
In general, what should I expect during a car accident lawsuit?
After we determine you have a case and gather all the necessary information, we will file your case with the court and we will try to settle your claim. The person you’re pursuing a case against will be notified and they have the opportunity to make a counterclaim. At this point, the defendant could file a motion to change a number of things about the case like which court it’s going before, or even a motion to dismiss. If your case makes it beyond any motions, a trial date will be set.