In the aftermath of an auto accident, emotions can run high and it’s difficult to know the best path forward. Working with an experienced attorney is one way to ensure that you receive what you deserve if you are one of the many auto accident victims every year. Before you stress about what to do or how to move forward with getting compensation for your injuries, here are some of the most common questions that auto accident victims have for their lawyers and the answers to them. For customized advice specific to your situation, contact Hoffman, Comfort, Offutt, Scott & Halstad for a consultation by calling (410) 848-4444.
What Should I Do If I Was in a Car Accident?
Immediately after an accident, you should focus on getting to a safe place. If you are hurt or the other party is hurt and you are able to do so, call an ambulance immediately. You should also call the police. Once the police arrive, you should answer any questions that they ask truthfully. If you feel injured or even think that you might be injured, you should say so. Non-serious injuries can take time for you to notice them due to the effect of adrenaline, so you should go to an urgent care facility or the hospital as soon as you detect something wrong. Do not minimize your pain!
When Should I Call a Lawyer?
Auto accident victims should call their lawyers as soon as they have spoken to the police and handled any pressing issues regarding any injuries or medical emergencies. Do not speak with the other driver’s insurance company. It’s always best to first contact Hoffman, Comfort, Offutt, Scott & Halstad by calling (410) 848-4444 and let us do the talking. We know how to build a strong case, and avoid any admission of guilt or liability.
Do I Need to Talk to My Insurance Company?
Yes. Auto insurance companies ask policyholders to contact them as quickly as possible after the accident to get basic information about what occurred. If you fail to notify them in a prompt fashion, they could potentially drop their coverage. Just like when speaking with others at the scene, avoid making any statements about who might be at fault and instead focus solely on the facts. When you speak with your attorney, he can also guide you in terms of what to say and what to avoid saying.
What Happens If the Other Driver Doesn’t Have Insurance?
Don’t panic. That is why uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage is part of your auto insurance policy. A claim against your own insurance company specifically through this coverage will not be used against you when calculating your future premiums. We can help guide you through the process of making an uninsured motorist claim when the other driver lacked proper insurance coverage.
I Got a Call from the Other Insurance Company. What Do I Do?
First, know that you are under no obligation to speak with the other driver’s insurance company. In most cases, it’s a better idea to allow your attorney to handle it for you. Auto accident victims need to focus on healing and repairing their lives, not speaking with an insurance adjuster who wants to give them the least amount possible. The statements that you make to the insurance adjuster or other insurance company can make it more difficult for you to get the compensation that you deserve, so think before you speak.
If I Feel Okay, Should I Still Go to the Doctor?
Absolutely. Auto accident victims often sustain minor injuries that take a few hours to show up after the adrenaline wears off. You also might not realize some of the injuries that you have received until days or weeks later. Internal injuries can show few signs in the heat of the moment, but a doctor can evaluate you and the records from the visit can be used as part of your case. When you visit the doctor, ensure that you are completely honest about how you are feeling. If your shoulder hurts, even if it is only a light ache, mention it. If there is a serious muscular issue later but you fail to mention your pain early in the process, it can make it harder to make a strong case. You deserve compensation for the medical bills that you incur as a result of the accident, so don’t wait before heading to the emergency room or doctor.
If I’m a Passenger, What Can I Do?
Passengers who are auto accident victims can often feel powerless, as they were not the driver in the incident. You can make a claim against the driver of the vehicle that you were riding in or against the driver of the other vehicle if it was their fault. If you are injured or suffering after an auto accident, you should also speak with an attorney to learn more about the claims process and how you can receive compensation. If both you and the driver of your car were injured due to the fault of the other driver, we can also handle representing both of you if necessary.
Help for Auto Accident Victims
Hoffman, Comfort, Offutt, Scott & Halstad LLP is an established law practice dedicated to assisting auto accident victims throughout Maryland. We also specialize in wills, estates, trusts, family law, business law, elder law and real estate law. To get in touch or schedule your consultation, call us at your convenience at (410) 848-4444. We are here to help you get the compensation that you deserve and start on the path to healing.