What To Do Following an Auto Accident
If you are at my site, chances are you have already been in an accident. So you are asking - What should I do following an accident?
After an auto accident, things happen very quickly. Cars need to be repaired, medical bills need to be paid, and insurance companies are looking for answers. Therefore, it is best to contact an attorney as soon as possible to help guide you through the entire process.
Your health should always be your foremost concern and it is important to seek appropriate medical attention. An emergency room may perform diagnostic testing (such as X-rays or CT scans) depending on your complaints and physical condition. If the emergency room or clinic advises you to follow-up with your primary care physician, then that advice should be followed.
When you speak to an insurance company, without the representation of an attorney, they will likely look for a recorded statement. Understand that when you are speaking with the insurance company for the other driver you do not need to give a recorded statement, or statement of any kind. You do need to cooperate, however, with your insurance company.
Never accept liability or admit fault, even if only in part. Liability is a complex determination dependent on state laws and the circumstances surrounding the accident. You need an experience attorney to help make this determination. You may mistakenly admit liability for an accident that is not your fault.
If you are in an auto accident in Massachusetts, the laws are quite different and you will need to go through PIP (personal injury protection) coverage for payment of medical bills and lost wages.
An experienced attorney will handle all of this work for you so that you can concentrate on recovering from your injury. If the injury is minor you may be able to work directly with the insurance company to resolve your claim. Otherwise, it is in your best interest to have an attorney represent your accident claim. Contact our office right away for a free consultation. Remember that there is no fee unless we are successful in recovering money for you.