What Do I Do After an Accident?

Lauren Portilloz
by Lauren Portilloz 28 Feb 2021

Car accidents happen every day and are sometimes unavoidable. Portilloz Law can help guide you through dealing with insurance agents, car estimates, and injuries you sustained during the accident.

What Do I Do After an Accident?

Car accidents happen every day and are sometimes unavoidable. A great attorney can help guide you through dealing with insurance agents, car estimates, and injuries you sustained during the accident.

To protect your rights after an accident:

Seek Medical Attention

Immediately after an accident, you should ensure your safety. Assess your injuries and call for an ambulance if needed. If you are unable to, ask someone nearby to call for an ambulance. If you are not seriously injured, check on the other vehicle to assess their injuries.

Call 911

Call 911 even for a fender bender, call 911 to report the incident. If you do not need an ambulance, still call the police to report the accident. Having an accident report can help your case tremendously. The officer will arrive on the scene, prepare an official report, record the facts, and document the weather, the scene, and the parties involved.

Exchange Information

Once you have assessed your injuries and reported the accident,

make sure you exchange information with the other drivers involved. Write down the driver’s name, license plate number, name of the insurer, and anything else you can. If other passengers were involved, collect their information as well. Including a phone number. If witnesses stopped, get their names and phone numbers.

Collect Evidence

Take photos of the scene, weather, vehicles, and anything else such as the location of the accident, stop signs, lights, tire marks, damaged walls, etc. Take pictures of anything that can help build your case later. If there are witnesses, gather their information and ask for a brief statement.

Call an Attorney

Contact an attorney immediately after the accident to protect your rights. A great attorney will help guide you through this process to get the compensation you deserve.

Types of Personal Injuries that you can possibly recover from:

Car Accidents

Medical Malpractice

Slip and Fall

Dog Bites

Nursing Home Neglect

Assault Claims

Faulty Products

Product Defect Accidents

What are damages that I can seek compensation for?

Medical expenses

Property damage

Lost income

Physical pain and suffering

Emotional distress

Can I afford to hire an attorney?

Personal injury cases are taken on a contingency fee basis, meaning we only get paid if we are able to obtain compensation for your injury.

How much money should I expect if I win my case?

Each case is unique and different, so it is impossible to give an accurate estimate. The factors above, such as medical expenses, property damage, lost income, physical pain, and suffering, and insurance coverage by the at-fault party and your insurance coverage, such as if you have UM will play a role.

The insurance company has offered me a check, should I take it?

The offer you receive will more than likely be a low, unreasonable offer. It is imperative you have an attorney that can get you the compensation that you are entitled to.

We can guide you through the medical treatments you need and dealing with insurance companies so that you do not have the burden of dealing with it on your own.

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