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What to do after a car accident

For those of us who’ve experienced or witnessed car accidents, they can range from frustrating to fatal. We’ve always been taught to “call the insurance company” right afterwards.

If you are injured in a car wreck, call your car wreck injury lawyer before speaking to the other driver’s insurance company.

Why do this? If anyone was injured in the accident, it’s best to seek counsel from a local, experienced car wreck attorney. He or she can evaluate your case and help you maximize your recovery from the insurance company.

While insurance companies are here to help, their goal is to also limit their exposure. Many times telephone calls with an insurance adjuster are recorded. The insurance company evaluates this recorded statement and may try to use it against you, thereby reducing any possible settlement you may be entitled to.

If you have a passenger, or a loved one, at the scene who was not injured in the car wreck, make sure he or she speaks with witnesses. If at all possible, collect the witnesses contact information. Also, ask whether or not accidents happen in this area often. Take photos of any damage to your car to share with your attorney.

Overall, be cautious when discussing the accident. Be open with your lawyer so that they can help you. Refrain from talking to a representative from the other driver’s insurance company, and politely ask the insurance adjuster to call your attorney.

Car accident lawyers can help their clients not only with insurance agencies, but also health care facilities, third parties and law enforcement. For example, we help clients understand and thoroughly use their health and auto insurance at a time when it’s most critical.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, call John to discuss your case. In the meantime, please be a safe driver. Adhere to regular maintenance on your car. While driving, wear your seat belt, stick to the speed limit, minimize distractions (like not using your cell phone), and always drive sober.

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