What to Do After an Accident
29 years' legal experience can help you!
Ideally, before you find yourself in a crash, you will know how to respond—preparedness
is the key. If you or a loved one has been in an accident, then you need
to be aware of steps you can take right now to protect your right to compensation.
At the law office of Steven L. Wetzel, P.A., we have asserted our clients'
rights since 1985 - we can deliver the legal guidance you need at every
stage of the claims process.
In an accident? Take the right steps next.
For your convenience, we have provided some tips below. To discuss your
unique case, don't hesitate to
contact our Idaho Falls accident attorney at your earliest convenience.
Stay at the scene and call police: You need to protect yourself in the event of a lawsuit. Staying at the
scene, calling law enforcement, and waiting for them to arrive can prevent
you from being accused of a hit and run or can help you recover important
information from a police report.
Collect information: Once everyone is safe and you have called emergency services (if necessary),
then you not only need the other parties' contact and insurance information,
but you need to take pictures, jot down details of the events, and witness
testimony / contact info.
Call insurance as soon as possible: You need to report the accident per your policy, and to maximize your
chances of a fair claim. Whatever information your company asks for, you
should give the details. However,
if the other drivers' insurance company calls, let them know you won't give a statement until later. Ideally, you
can tell them to speak to your lawyer. This can help you value the amount
of property damage connected to your vehicle and prevent you from being
taken advantage of after this time.
Go see a doctor immediately: Not only is this vital for your medical recovery—injuries might go
undetected for days—but if you want an insurance company to realize
how serious your injuries are, you need to take care of yourself (to show
that you didn't exacerbate your condition) and provide medical records
(to back up your claim).
Keep recording information: Not only will you need to follow your doctor's treatment instructions
to the letter, but you will need to record your ongoing symptoms, the
effects of the accident on your life, trips to the doctor, pictures of
visible injuries over time, and more. Not only can this help your doctor
keep more precise medical records, but the photos can bolster your accident claim.
Hire an experienced car accident lawyer: Your best defense after a car accident is retaining the services of a
car accident attorney. You need to be cautious after a car crash since
insurance companies are primarily worried with protecting their finances.
Even your own insurance company may attempt to shortchange you from the
full amount of compensation you deserve. That’s why you need all
of the help you can get. That’s why you need an Idaho Falls car
How do I know if I need an Idaho Falls injury lawyer?
If an experienced legal advocate deals with the insurance company for you,
statistics show that you will typically recover more compensation than
if you handle it alone. Not only will you have a skilled negotiator in
your corner, but an accident lawyer also carries the threat of going to
jury trial. One of the main reasons that insurance companies agree to
a high settlement is that they want to avoid a trial. Once you realize
how much your accident claim could be worth, it is often ideal to retain
a reputable, proven attorney.
Call (208) 278-1196 for your free consultation!
With the law office of Steven L. Wetzel, P.A., you can discover if we're
the right choice for you in a free case consultation. We can review the
legal options available to you, and discuss the steps we can take to pursue
maximum compensation. Find out how personal attention and passionate advocacy
can make all of the difference in your accident case. Call our Idaho Falls
personal injury lawyer today!
Discover what decades of experience can achieve for you. Don't hesitate
to schedule your
free accident claim review.
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