Frequently Asked Questions
If you have been in a car accident and have injuries, you likely have plenty of questions about what is next. Should I hire a lawyer? How much is my car accident settlement going to be? Should I seek medical treatment? Car accidents and their related injuries can be very confusing and stressful. The more information you have, the better. This page has listed the most common Frequently Asked Questions, so you can get a better idea about next steps.
Personal Injury FAQs
Car accidents are stressful. If you have been in one, you may not be thinking clearly. But there are important things to do immediately after the accident. If you can, keep the below information available in your car:
Should I speak with my insurance company adjusters before I consult with a personal injury attorney?
Use extreme caution speaking with your insurance adjuster before you have talked to an attorney. The only case where you should do so is in a minor accident with less than $1000 in personal and/or property damages and you are positive you do not have serious injuries.
After a car accident, you probably wonder if you should hire an attorney. Generally, unless you or someone else was hurt in the accident, you probably do not need an attorney to assist you with your claim.
People who have been in a car accident with injuries should be aware of the statute of limitations for their state. The statute of limitations means that any lawsuit arising from an accident or injury must be filed within a certain period, or you will no longer be able to file a lawsuit and receive compensation.
What are my legal rights if I was a passenger in a vehicle involved in an accident driven by someone else?
If you are a passenger in a car and are hurt in a car accident, your legal case is usually easier than for either driver. This is because you do not have to prove liability to be compensated for your injuries.
Being in a car accident is upsetting, stressful and can be devastating in serious cases. If you were the at-fault driver, it can make the situation worse. You will need to deal with the damages to your vehicle and also the damages for the other party.
Most personal injury attorneys charge you a contingency fee. This compensation system allows the injured person to hire an experienced personal injury attorney without having to pay for upfront legal costs.
Many personal injury victims think they cannot afford to hire a personal injury attorney. They are often surprised to discover that the attorney’s payment is structured so you do not pay upfront costs, and so that your interests are aligned with theirs.
Driving without auto insurance is illegal in most states. States want their residents to prove they can take financial liability if they are in an accident. If you are in an accident and do not have insurance, you could have penalties including fines, loss of driving privileges and auto registration.
The police report is an important document to have after a car accident. This document contains the circumstances and facts of a car accident as the police see it. The police report typically contains descriptions of damages to vehicles, passenger and driver injuries, witness names, and possibly a statement of who may be at fault for the accident.
If you have been in an accident and are in an insurance company negotiation, it is important to remember one thing: It is in the interest of the insurance company to settle the legal dispute quickly and as inexpensively as possible.