Auto Accident Cases
Atuo accident cases are regarded by many attorneys as simple
litigation. In many instances, that stereotype is true, and attorneys
may quicly collect a recovery. Hoewver, in cases involving serious
injuries or fatalities, insurance coverage may reach its limits, and
cases quickly become complicated.
Under these circumstances, many attorneys simply recommend that their
clients accept a settlement, although this does not usually maximize the
What to do if in an Auto
1. Stay at the scene.
the police, or request that a witness call. It is important not to
handle the accident yourself.
3. Render first aid to
others involved if you are qualified. Do not move any injured unless
their life is in immediate danger.
4. If possible,
keep vehicles in their original positions. If necessary, move as little
5. Stay in your car is injured.
6. Do not admit resposibility.
If injured at all, seek medical attention at the scene.
8. Gather information at the scene. Important info
includes name, address and phone number of all those involved. In
addition, license number and insurance information of all drivers
involved is important. Last, take notes about the scene, weather,
traffic, and skid marks.
The accident will be investigated by
either the responding police officer or a crash unit. These officers
will interview all parties and take statements on the accident. In
addition, the office should provide all parties with contact
information. Once the investigation is complete, the officer will issue
a formal report, and criminal charges may be made.
What to do after an Auto Accident
Immediately call your auto insurance company to inform them
2. Make a follow up appointment with your
physician. Although there may not be any apparent injuries, it is
important that the cause of any unseen injuries be determined.
3. Contact your attorney to understand legal rights
4. Report the accident to the
Department of Public Safety.
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Auto Accident Facts
Thousands of innocent people per year are injured in car accidents as a
result of the careless driving of others. According to the U.S. Department
of Transportation, nearly 43,000 people died in car accidents in 2002.
More than one-quarter of Americans have been involved in a car accident in
the last five years.
Every 13 minutes, there is a death caused by
a motor vehicle accident. Car accidents claim our very youngest and our
very oldest populations. Americans from the ages of 1-33 are more likely
to die from a car accident than from anything else. On the other side of
the spectrum, elderly adults aged 75 and up are most affected by motor
Life Insurance & Auto Accidents
Most don't even have a life insurance policy that could pay for funeral
expenses if the unthinkable happened. Considering the prevalence of auto
accidents, it is important that automobile drivers educate themselves
concerning auto accidents and the legal options that exist should an