Because automobile accidents are so frequent and can happen at any time, it is important to know what to do when accident occurs. While every situation is different, there are several important things to remember following an accident:
- contact the police immediately
- call for medical help if anyone appears to have suffered any injury
- cooperate with law enforcement once they arrive on the scene
- secure the scene or move away from the accident to prevent secondary accidents or injuries
- take photographs if possible
- obtain contact information from individuals involved in the accident and witnesses to the accident
- consider the services of an accident attorney familiar with automobile, tractor-trailer truck and commercial vehicle claims
Our Lawyers are Skilled in Handling Motor Vehicle Accident Claims
Most states require individuals to carry a minimal amount of automobile insurance coverage. Depending on your degree of injury, there may or may not be enough insurance to cover your injuries and property damage. After speaking to law enforcement and receiving necessary medical care, one of the first things that people do is contact their insurance carrier. Because states require insurance coverage, the at fault party’s insurance carrier will be involved immediately after being notified of the accident. Sometimes the at-fault party’s insurance carrier may contact you and ask for a statement. Remember, if you are contacted by the at-fault party’s insurance company, they are working for their company and their insured driver. The job of an insurance adjuster is to resolve your claim as quickly and cheaply as possible. Because of this one fact, it is critical to consider the services of a lawyer who is experienced with automobile accident claims and who will work hard to ensure that you are treated fairly in a settlement. Don’t just hire a settlement lawyer, hire an attorney who is willing and able to take your case all the way to a jury trial if necessary to achieve a fair result for you.
The Special Situation of Tractor-Trailer Truck Accidents
While automobile accidents are complex, accidents involving tractor-trailers or other commercial vehicles can be even more complex. If your accident involves a tractor-trailer or a commercial vehicle, it is even more important to involve a lawyer who is familiar with truck accidents and the specific rules and regulations that apply to the trucking industry and to commercial vehicles. Visit our page regarding truck accidents for additional information.
Call DeGaris & Rogers
If you have been hurt in an automobile or trucking accident, call us today to discuss the details of your case. At DeGaris & Rogers we will help you navigate the complexities of the insurance claim process and the legal system to ensure that the insurance companies treat you fairly.