Car accidents can be devastating for victims, as well as their families. Unfortunately, hundreds of individuals in the U.S. either die or are severely injured in road accidents every year. Fortunately, victims and bereaved families can seek compensation for their injuries and damages.
What to Do in a Car Accident
Wait for the police to arrive.
One of the first things that a car accident victim must remember is not to leave the scene unless absolutely necessary. It is important that a police report is drawn up and evidence is gathered, and so it is best to wait for the authorities to arrive. If the victim is able to do so, he or she should try to take pictures and gather the contact details of any witnesses in case he or she decides to file a lawsuit later on.
Avoid talking to the other party’s insurance company.
Talking to the other party’s insurance company is one of the most common mistakes that car accident victims make. More often than not, insurance companies will try to weasel their way out of paying the aggrieved party the compensation they deserve by offering a deal. Sadly enough, victims who are unaware of their rights often fall for this. The best thing for victims to do is to avoid talking to insurance companies until they’ve hired legal representation.
Seek medical attention.
Car accident victims should seek medical attention as soon as possible, even if they feel fine. It is important that they are checked for internal injuries because these can be life threatening. Aside from that, medical professionals will draw up an assessment, which can be used as evidence when suing for compensation later on. This document is essential to possibly increasing the amount of compensation that the victim could receive in a settlement.
Hire legal representation.
To ensure that the victim will receive the compensation he or she deserves, it is important that the victim be informed of his or her rights. Car accident victims should hire an experienced and reputable attorney to ensure that their rights are upheld throughout the entire process of seeking compensation.
Apart from reimbursement of past medical expenses, compensation for car accident victims can include the following:
- Expenses for recovery and rehabilitation
- Loss of income
- Pain and suffering
Hiring Ted A. Greve & Associates, P.A. Law Firm to Represent You
Ted A. Greve & Associates P.A. has been helping personal injury victims, including car accident victims, in North Carolina and South Carolina for more than 10 years.
If you or someone you know has been involved in a car accident, call 1-800-375-9190 to set up an appointment with the one of the experienced and knowledgeable attorneys at Ted A. Greve & Associates, P.A.