Car accidents are undoubtedly traumatic, and leave many victims in shock. However, the moments directly after your accident can be crucial in the future determination of liability, as well as the approval of insurance claims submissions. The attorneys at Anastopoulo Law Firm answered frequently asked questions and compiled best practices for those who have been in automobile accidents to help you understand the actions you should take after a car accident.
What steps should I take immediately after being in an accident?
After being in a car, truck, or motorcycle collision, immediately seek medical attention, even if you are not hurt. This gives you medical documentation stating that you were the victim of an auto accident and proof of injuries you sustained. Such recorded documentation could be crucial in the denial and approval of both your insurance claim, as well as a personal injury lawsuit. After seeking medical attention, call law enforcement so a police report is conducted.
What information should I collect from the other parties involved in my car accident?
Collect the following information from the other parties involved following the accident:
- Names, addresses, phone numbers and other contact info.
- The license plate numbers of all involved vehicles.
Record the names and contact information of any witnesses to the accident. A witness testimony could be extremely helpful in potential legal proceedings. Note the exact location of the accident and take photos of the accident scene if possible.
Will I be required to go to court to receive compensation for my injuries?
Depends on the cause of your accident. If you have an insurance plan, we can assist in your insurance claim submission to your insurance provider. If the cause of your accident is disputed by your insurance provider you may be required to go to court in order to have determinations of liability adjudicated. If your car accident and resulting injuries were caused by the acts of another, it may be necessary to go to court for legal determinations of liability to be made
Can I receive compensation even if I did not suffer any physical injuries?
Even if you have not sustained a personal injury, you may be entitled to compensation and damages. You are entitled to financial compensation for any damage that occurred to your vehicle because of the acts of another. You may also be entitled to damages for mental anguish, and pain and suffering. If your car accident results in personal injury or the death of another occupant of the vehicle, such as your spouse, you could be entitled to loss of consortium, and other relevant damages.
The South Carolina auto accident attorneys at Anastopoulo Law Firm offer experienced legal representation you deserve. We provide effective and efficient legal representation regarding any issues that have arisen as a result of your accident. Contact us today for your free case evaluation.