Car Accidents are a leading cause of personal injuries and many people are injured or killed each day because of another person’s poor decisions. These decisions might be drinking and driving, texting and driving, speeding, or running a red light. In these cases, the at-fault driver is often obligated to compensate the victim for their injuries. Below are a few steps the victim can take to make sure they obtain the proper amount of compensation.
Seek Medical Attention Immediately
Even if the person doesn’t feel injured right after the accident, they may still have injuries. Anyone who has been in an accident that damaged the vehicle more than a tiny scratch or bump should seek medical attention immediately, not the next day or week, to determine if they are injured and, if so, to start taking the steps needed to recover from the injury.
File a Claim With the Insurance Agency
Once a person is on their way to recovery, they can file a claim with the insurance agent. It’s not necessary to have a lawyer at this point, but it might be helpful. The person should not accept the first settlement they’re offered and should, instead, let the insurance company know they’d like time to go over the offer before giving them an answer. This gives them the chance to determine what their expenses are and whether the settlement will be sufficient.
Contact an Attorney for Help
If the person isn’t sure whether the settlement will be sufficient or if they’re sure it’s not enough to cover their accident-related expenses, the next step is often to contact a lawyer. The lawyer can review the expenses and the settlement, then give the person advice on the next steps to take to ensure they receive enough money to cover their costs.
These are the basic steps a person should take after they’ve been in an accident. Car Accidents can lead to serious injuries and the victim shouldn’t have to cover these costs on their own. By following these steps, they can work with a lawyer like one from The Law Offices of Elan Wurtzel and be sure they’re going to receive the proper amount of compensation for their injuries.