What Should You Do If You Are In An Auto Accident?
If you are not seriously injured, take the following steps:
- You should make certain to stop and shut off your car.
- Get out of the car and go to a safe place where you will not be in danger of being struck by another vehicle.
- Call 911 as soon as possible, or ask a witness to do so for you.
- Do not discuss anything with the other driver except to exchange insurance information and wait for a police officer to arrive.
- Provide your own insurance company with the facts of the accident and the other driver’s insurance company information.
- Take any photos you are able to without putting yourself in danger, and take as many as possible from all angles. Include photos of skid marks and pavement/weather conditions.
- Do not speak to the other person’s insurance company without talking with an attorney. Our lawyers at Garton & Vogt, P.C., can protect you from the company’s attempts to force you into accepting a low settlement or denying your injuries.
You should seek medical care right away, even if you do not feel any pain right now. Injuries sustained in an accident do not always cause pain until days after an accident. Then, contact one of our attorneys at 586-226-5534. They can represent you in your claim against the other driver.
You Are Entitled To Compensation From The Person Who Caused Your Injuries
Your own automobile insurance may cover some of your expenses for medical care and lost wages. We will work with your own insurance company and the adjuster for the other person’s insurance company to coordinate the reimbursement payments and obtain compensation for permanent injuries as well as pain and suffering in the future. Damages could include:
- Past, present and future medical expenses: If you require treatment or medical care going into the future, even for an indefinite period of time, we will work with medical experts to determine the type of treatment you will need as well as your projected medical care expenses in the future.
- Wage loss: Accidents can sometimes prevent people from returning to their jobs. At other times, people recover enough to return to work but are in extreme and constant pain. If your injuries prevent you from working or have diminished your capacity and ability to work in the future, you are entitled to compensation for your lost wages.
- Pain and suffering: If you are facing a lifetime of being in pain because of an accident, you may be able to receive compensation for the suffering it is causing. While most chronic pain sufferers would trade every penny they might have received in compensation after an accident for even one day of pain-free living, this, unfortunately, is not an option. Our lawyers will work with your doctors and therapists to document your pain and obtain compensation.
Our attorneys are dedicated to obtaining compensation for seriously injured auto accident victims. They represent people who have experienced losses of limbs, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and paralysis, and severe burns. They also represent the families of people who have been killed in wrongful death actions.
Talk To Us About Your Car Accident
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or killed in a motor vehicle accident, we advise that you immediately contact Garton & Vogt, P.C., at 586-315-2430 or email us for a free initial phone consultation about your situation.