The High Cost of Car Accidents
If you have ever been involved in a car accident, then you know all too well just how much damage they can cause. Without an adequate insurance policy, you will find it very hard to get your car and your body back in good shape after an accident. For people who are involved in an accident with a driver who has no insurance, trying to get money for their injuries can be nearly impossible. That is one of the reasons why it is so important to carry uninsured motorist coverage on your auto policy.
What To Do After a Car Accident
If you are involved in a car accident, you will need to keep your wits about you to avoid making mistakes. Neglecting to follow a few simple rules can lead to you not being able to get compensation for your injuries. The first thing you should do when involved in a car accident is to call the police. By getting the police to the scene, you will be able to get an accident report filed. You should also take photos at the scene of any damage to both cars and also photograph the other driver’s license and insurance card.
Police accident reports layout all of the information your lawyer needs to help build a case. You will need to seek out some medical attention if you suffered any injuries. Even if you think your injuries are not serious, you need to have them properly evaluated by a medical doctor. Not only will this help you to have peace of mind that you are okay but it will also give you documentation to use in your case regarding what type of injuries you may have sustained in the accident. Under Florida law, your automobile personal injury protection insurance will not pay for any accident-related medical services if you don’t see a doctor for evaluation within 14 days of the accident.
Be sure to also talk with any witnesses who saw the accident unfold. Getting their contact information will allow you to call them if necessary to testify in your case.
Why Contacting a Lawyer is Vital
Most car accident victims fail to realize just how important it is to contact a lawyer after the smoke has cleared from this ordeal. Without the help of a lawyer, you will find it difficult to pursue a lawsuit against the negligent driver who caused the accident. By consulting with a lawyer, you can find out what your rights are and get an idea of the compensation you are entitled to. A lawyer will be able to use the laws of the state to determine what your injuries are worth and how to pursue a settlement with the insurance company or a lawsuit.
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What constitutes a personal injury?
The most common personal injury is an auto accident, but the broad definition encompasses any situation where a person suffers harm due to the negligence of another person or entity. Early identification of a personal injury is important to the legal process. Many serious injuries occur each year involving:
– Auto accidents
– Premises liability accidents such as injuries caused by a slip and fall
– Medical malpractice/nursing home injuries
– Wrongful death
– Work-related accidents
– Animal attacks
– Faulty or malfunctioning products (product liability)