What should I do immediately after a car accident?
Under what circumstances should I call the police after an automobile accident?
Am I required to give a recorded statement to an insurance company after a car accident?
Who is responsible for my medical treatment and expenses?
Q: What should I do immediately after a car accident?
If you are in a car accident in Corpus Christi or South Texas, the first thing you should do is call 911. If you are too injured to call 911, someone should call for you. It is important to have the police respond to the scene of the accident, even if the at fault party asks you to not call the police, so that a police report is generated.
The police report will contain all types of very important information concerning the accident including the names and addresses of the parties involved, their respective insurance companies, and the officer's opinion as to who was at fault for the accident. If you are physically able to discuss the accident with the police officer, you should clearly state to the officer why you believe the other driver was at fault for the accident. Also, individuals in automobile accidents often will not know the full extent of their injuries at the scene of the accident as their adrenaline will be high and the person may also be in shock. Therefore, refrain from tell the police officer you are not injured if you really do not know the full extent of your injuries.
The other reason to call 911 is of course for ambulance service. If you feel physical pain after an automobile accident, you should go to the emergency room at the nearest local hospital. Emergency room doctors will stabilize you and ensure that your immediate life is not threatened. If you have sustained life threatening injuries, you may be admitted to the intensive care unit of the hospital.
If you do return home, you should rest for a couple of days after the accident. If you feel any pain during this time, you should make an appointment to see a doctor. Also, I strongly recommend that you contact a Board Certified Personal Injury Lawyer as soon as possible after the motor vehicle crash. The sooner you hire an automobile accident attorney, the better. I also recommend that you refrain from speaking with insurance companies prior to hiring an attorney to represent you.
For more information, I recommend that you read Rogers Law Blog: What to Do After an Automobile Accident. Rogers Law Firm has successfully represented hundreds of Texans injured in motor vehicle crashes. Call Corpus Christi Tx automobile accident attorney Sheadyn R Rogers at (361) 356-6057 for a free consultation concerning your case.
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Q: Under what circumstances should I call the police after an automobile accident?
You should almost ALWAYS call the police if you are involved in an automobile accident and you believe that the other driver was at fault for causing the accident.
Except for very minor accidents which cause no visible property damage, I recommend that you call the police to respond to the scene of the accident. The police will conduct an investigation of the accident including the officer's opinion as to who was at fault for causing the accident. I have seen personal injury cases severely damaged because of a client's failure to call the police. I have also talked to many people who greatly wished they had called the police after their automobile accident. Don't make this mistake! Call the police if you are involved in a car accident in which you believe the other driver was at fault.
Also, If you were the at fault party for causing the automobile accident and you believe that the other person may be injured, you also have a duty to call 911 to ask for emergency service for the injured party.
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Q: Am I required to give a recorded statement to an insurance company after a car accident?
No! I would not recommend giving a recorded statement to any insurance company without being represented by a personal injury attorney who can ensure that the questions are fair and that you understand the issues.
Many times adjusters for insurance companies representing the at fault driver try to take recorded statements of the injured party as soon after the car accident as possible and before the injured party has hired an attorney for the purposes of tricking the party to admitting issues with respect to liability and damages that can be used against such party at a later date.
Again, if you are injured in an automobile accident, I strongly recommend that you hire a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after an automobile accident and before you give any recorded statements to insurance companies.
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Q: Who is responsible for my medical treatment and expenses?
You are ultimately responsible for your medical treatment and expenses. However, if you hire a competent personal injury trial lawyer who can prove that the negligence of the other driver proximately caused the automobile accident and your subsequent injuries and damages, then you are entitled to ask a Court and jury to award to you money for your medical expenses, loss of wages, pain and suffering, mental anguish, etc.
You will need an experienced personal injury trial lawyer to properly gather the evidence needed to win your case, to depose important witnesses, to properly authenticate your medical records and bills so that they are admissible in evidence, and to properly prepare your case for a jury trial. Many times the case will then settle once the insurance carrier sees that you and your trial attorney have properly prepared your case. If the case does not settle, I will proceed with you through a jury trial to decide the issues.
Also, some automobile accident cases are settled prior to ever having to file a lawsuit, especially when the liability concerning the accident is clear and undisputed. However, it is my strong belief that injured victims of automobile accidents are treated much more fairly if they are represented by a Board Certified Personal Injury Trial Lawyer.
I have successfully settled hundreds of automobile accident cases for satisfied clients both prior to filing a lawsuit and after filing a lawsuit and I have also successfully tried cases that did not settle.
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