WHAT TO DO
AFTER A WRECK
After a Car Wreck
A car accident can be a traumatic experience for a motorist, even if only minor injuries are involved. You may be worried about the damage to your vehicle. If you are hurt, you may be concerned about paying for medical care or the possibility of taking time off from work and losing income. You may be unsure what to do next. Do you talk to the other drivers involved? Do you call your insurance company? Do you need a lawyer? Having an advocate on your side can be helpful after a crash, especially if you are dealing with serious injuries. The team at Slack-Méndez Law Firm will take care of all the details while you focus on getting better. You take care of the physical recovery, and we will take care of the financial recovery. In order to get the most compensation for your claim, it is important that you understand what to do and what not to do after an accident. One wrong move can negatively impact your claim and reduce your compensation significantly.
After a car crash, you will likely be feeling a burst of adrenaline. This can cause you to neglect certain things or not experience pain. Here are some important steps to remember:
Stop the vehicle. Do not simply just out of the car. Put it in park and turn it off to avoid further damage.
Stop the vehicle. After a car wreck, panicked people often jump out of their car, neglecting to power it off. Doing so can result in serious further injury and damage.
Call 911. Stay calm throughout the process. Panicking will only make the situation worse. Stay there until help arrives.
Take pictures and/or videos of the accident scene. Get as much physical evidence as you can of vehicle damage, physical injuries and the surrounding areas.
Exchange information with the other driver. Be sure to get information from the other drivers involved, including name, contact information, insurance information, license plate, and description of the vehicle.
Obtain a copy of the police report. This can help determine liability for the crash.
Save all evidence. Any documents, medical records, and reports should be saved. These can all help establish liability.
Keep track of all injuries. The insurance company will try to prove that you are not really hurt. Keep track of any pain as well as diagnosed injuries as evidence.
Contact a lawyer. If you have been seriously injured, an experienced personal injury lawyer can assess your claim and help you obtain all the compensation you deserve. Contact Slack-Méndez Law Firm as soon as possible after your accident. Our legal team will begin working for you immediately.
What Not to do After an Accident
There are some things you should do after an accident, but also some things you should avoid doing. To avoid hurting your accident case, do not do the following:
NEVER admit fault. Even simply saying “I’m sorry” is considered an admission of guilt. While you may think it is the polite thing to do, the insurance company will think otherwise. It does not take much for an insurance company to find you at fault, so do not admit fault and make it even easier.
Do not talk to the insurance company. While you will need to report the accident to your insurance company, you are not obligated to talk to the other driver’s insurance company. Anything you say can be used against you, so to be on the safe side, contact a lawyer instead. Slack-Méndez Law Firm can help you with this.
Do not neglect medical treatment. It is important to seek medical help as soon as possible, even if you feel fine. Injuries can appear days or weeks later. If you do not visit the doctor or follow their orders, the insurance company will assume you are not injured and will lowball your claim. If money is an issue, contact Slack-Méndez Law Firm and we will help you find a doctor who will not charge you out of pocket.
Do not wait to seek legal advice. Personal injury lawyers should never ask for money up front. At Slack-Méndez Law Firm, we have a ton of free information available online, and we never charge for consultations. You pay only if we win your case. If you have been injured in a car wreck, call Slack-Méndez Law Firm at 480-829-1166.
Building Your Case
After being involved in a car accident, you need to get your legal case started right away. The longer you wait, the harder it can be to obtain the necessary evidence to bolster your case. Your case starts immediately after an accident. At Slack-Méndez Law Firm, we work on a contingency basis, so we do not get paid unless you do. Schedule a free consultation with us today.
Here are some ways you can help build your case:
Attending all of your doctors visits. This will help show that you are seriously injured and are taking the proper steps to rehabilitate yourself.
Take photographs and keep a journal of the car accident. This will show us how the car accident has affected you physically and mentally. This will allow us to build the strongest case for you.
Getting The Best Settlement
At Slack-Méndez Law Firm, we have a high success rate. Thanks to this phenomenal track record, you should feel comfortable knowing that your case is in good hands. Once we take on a case, we have a good chance of winning. We have received excellent reviews from many satisfied clients. Our goal is for you to get paid for your injuries. We will help you get the compensation you deserve. The best way to do that is by following our guidance and contacting us immediately after your wreck.
A gap in treatment can negatively impact your case. Therefore, waiting too long to contact an attorney or visit a doctor makes your case even tougher to win. Also, you should avoid social media after an accident. Insurance companies will be looking for any evidence that you are not injured. Avoid discussing your case with anyone except your lawyer and your doctors.
Slack-Méndez Law Firm will not let the insurance company take advantage of you.
For quality customer service and representation, contact us today at 480-829-1166.