Handling the Physical & Emotional Impact of an Auto Accident
Car accidents can be jarring, physically and emotionally. The very first concern after an accident is whether everyone is okay. The truth is, with the adrenaline of the crash pulsating through the individuals involved, you may not know the full impact of the accident immediately.
First, after checking on the actual wellbeing of everyone involved in the accident, contact the authorities, including the police, fire department or local EMT service.
Next, if immediate medical care is not necessary, exchange information with the other driver, including contact information and insurance details. After the collision has been documented and it is time to depart the scene, make an appointment with a doctor right away to insure that you are medically cleared, or that you receive the attention you need in a timely fashion. Be sure to document the care you receive, and any instructions provided from your physician for follow up care.
Who Should Receive the Accident Call?
If you or a loved one is involved in an accident, you will absolutely want to notify the authorities and take care upon their arrival that a thorough report is recorded at the scene.
Depending on where you are, the law enforcement agency may differ from local police, highway patrol or even state authorities. It is possible that you may have to insist on the authorities arriving and completing a Traffic Collision Report. Do not relent. Call 911 and request an emergency response before anyone leaves the scene. This report is important to your case, and will contain the information necessary to move forward with a claim, including the name, contact data and insurance details of the other driver. Witness information will also appear on the report, allowing you – or your attorney – to contact them later to confirm the details of the event. Recording this information at the scene will allow first hand interviews to appear in the investigative report while the information is fresh in the minds of both drivers and witnesses alike. Injuries will be documented, as well as any complaints made at the scene, allowing a clear record of fault to be established by the responding authorities.
This information will become incredibly important as your case moves forward, allowing our attorneys to reference a documented report in court.
Sharing Information with Insurance Representatives
As an insured motorist, it is each driver’s duty to notify their insurance company that he or she has been involved in an accident, and to cooperate with their inquiries regarding the claim. You are certainly and absolutely under zero obligation to talk to the other driver’s insurance company, nor disclose any details of the investigation until you speak with an attorney.
Do not help the other driver’s insurance company create a case against you at any time. You are not obligated to answer any of their questions, and are certainly not required to provide a recorded statement to them at any time – no matter what they say.
If you feel pressure from the other driver’s insurance company in any way, contact one of our attorneys right away. This will keep you from delivering any possibly incriminating statements, even without your knowledge. For lack of a better expression, insurance companies can be tricky in seeking the answers they want recorded. No matter what the other party’s insurance company says, you are absolutely under no obligation to provide them with any information, at any time.
Consulting with an Attorney After an Auto Accident
At Binder & Associates, it is absolutely free to consult with an attorney regarding your auto accident. Our attorneys provide free consultations, in an effort to arm our prospective clients with the information they need to proceed with an advantage. Insurance companies will quickly try and settle with victims of accidents in an effort to deliver the lowest payout possible.
Consulting with an attorney allows the injured party to understand all of their options, without being placed in a compromising position by the other driver’s insurance company. Speaking with our attorneys first will provide accident victims with the information they need to move forward with their case intelligently and proactively.
How Does a Consultation Work?
Our attorneys will provide a free consultation to each interested party by setting up a meeting to discuss your case and provide options for moving forward. After an individual contacts our office, all we ask is that you attend our meeting in person, while collecting all of the necessary paperwork we would want to review at the time of the meeting. This paperwork can include, but is not limited to, your personal identification, insurance information, and any or all medical records, medical bills and photographs from the accident.
Choosing an Established Attorney Group
At Binder & Associates, we take pride in representing our clients from the time we meet through the end result of the case. Our attorneys and support staff are very passionate about the work we do, and that passion is reflected in the quality of representation our firm provides.
Our attorneys set a very high standard for ourselves, and our practice, focusing on the best results possible for each of our clients. In one of our tougher cases, our firm represented two brothers who were struck by a vehicle.
In addition to numerous injuries sustained by both boys, including broken bones, one brother sustained a serious brain injury. We learned upon taking the case that a well-established attorney at another firm turned their case down, knowing how difficult and time-consuming the process would be. We, at Binder & Associates, embrace difficulty to insure the greater good is established in the end.
This case, in particular, was incredibly tough. It took two and a half years of hard fought litigation to finally achieve a settlement totaling nearly $7 million. At our firm we know money is not everything, but we also know that one of these brothers is going to require extensive medical care for the rest of his life, and our long, hard fight will provide him with the care he needs going forward. That’s why we fight so hard for our clients; they need us.
Call Binder & Associates Today for a Free Consultation
Our attorneys are here to help you and your family recover fully from your auto accident, even if it is simply to help you understand your options in moving forward with a legal claim. Contact us today at (626) 793-9124 to discuss your accident, and find out how we can help you with a free consultation.