What Should I Do If I’m In a Car or Truck Accident?

If you’re injured in a car or truck accident, there are number of things that you should do.

1.  Call the police. In Tucson, law enforcement agencies are required to investigate all accidents in which an injury occurs.

2.  Do not admit fault.  Remember, anything that you say after the accident, such as statements to witnesses or even the police, may be used against you later.

3.  Get professional medical help.  In many instances, injuries that may appear minor at first, they have long-term and significant medical complications.

4. The insurance adjuster for the other motorist is not your friend. Adjusters often call accident victims to ask seemingly innocent questions about the accident for their recovery.  Most of the time, they do so in a very friendly manner.  While they are often trying to do their job, sometimes what is being entailed is to elicit statements from an injured person to the fact that the injured person may have been responsible for causing the accident, or that the injured person is not really hurt all that badly.

5.  Understand what is involved in a settlement offer. In most cases, when a settlement offer is made ( typically by the insurance company for the driver responsible for causing the accident), the settlement offer requires the injured victim to waive and surrender all rights that he or she may have with respect to the accident.  The danger is that in some cases, a person may be more injured than originally believed.  When future medical expenses arise, the injured person will not be able to pursue those responsible for the accident or such  other driver’s insurance company for additional payment.

6.  Get Legal Representation as soon as possible. Experienced accident lawyers can help him clients injured in an accident their case. An experienced lawyer should be able to advise the client as to the client’s rights to seek recovery, what must be proven in order to prevail in any injury lawsuit, and what strategies to expect by those responsible for causing the accident and their insurance companies.

In most cases, lawyers represent clients on a contingency fee basis, which means that the lawyer does not receive any fee unless a recovery is made on behalf of the client.

Those injured may feel that if they represent himself in front of the insurance company for the driver causing the accident they may be people who receive a higher payment than they otherwise would have been painful.  In most cases, this proves not to be true.

If a person is unrepresented, the insurance company may seek to take advantage of the person, who may not understand their legal rights.  In other cases, the injured person may believe that their injuries are worth substantially more than they are really worth.  In this case, when the injured person over is a case, instead of getting a fair settlement, this may lead to unnecessary litigation, and ultimately a lower amount received.