Auto and Truck Accidents
Protecting Your Rights After A Auto Accident
When you’re involved in an auto accident or a truck accident, it can be hard to think straight because you’re buzzing with adrenaline, maybe you or your passengers are injured, and your vehicle may not be looking too good, either. It’s one of those moments in life where it feels like everything is coming down on your head in a single moment. It’s surreal.
What do you do first? If there’s any chance that you are injured, don’t do anything beyond calling for help and staying still until it arrives. If you’re certain you are not injured, first deal with people and any medical attention they may need, then deal with the vehicles: If you are able and the vehicle can safely be driven, move it out of traffic. If you can’t safely do that, wait for law enforcement, medical help, and tow trucks to arrive.
After the immediate needs are taken care of, if you’re not injured, it’s time to take a deep breath and start protecting yourself and your rights. Cortright Law offers a free mobile app for iOS or Android that will walk you though what to do after an accident, step-by-step, and when you’ve collected all the information you’ll need, it will send the report to our office.
If you don’t have a smart phone, can’t find your phone after the accident, or don’t have signal, here are some basics to keep in mind. If the vehicles are safely off the road, take photos; be sure to include the license plate(s) of any other vehicles involved, and the other drivers. Exchange information with the other drivers. If the situation allows, dial any phone numbers they give you immediately, to be sure that they are good. If you’re injured and unable to do this, don’t worry because you will get a copy of the police report, which will include the information for the other drivers. In any case, don’t discuss with anyone at the scene who was at fault. Even when you speak to law enforcement, don’t volunteer any opinions about fault; just tell them all the facts as you remember them and don’t offer any conclusions of your own.
As soon as possible, notify your insurance company and contact the Law Offices of Kevin Cortright for a free consultation. If you used our Accident App, we’ll be in touch with you shortly. The sooner you discuss the accident with a lawyer who specializes in defending accident victims, the sooner you will be armed with the information you’ll need to protect yourself and, when we take your case, you’ll have protection and expert guidance to help you through the confusing and frustrating process of making an injury claim and winning a fair settlement for all of your losses.
You may be eligible for compensation for your actual expenses like medical care, rental car, vehicle repairs or replacement, and lost work time. If your injuries cause long-term damage and prevent you from working again or make it impossible to earn as much as you were earning before the accident, you may also be entitled to compensation for the loss of your future earnings, and for future medical expenses. Attorney Kevin Cortright and his team will represent you and protect your interests, so you’re not bullied into accepting an unfairly low settlement from an insurance company looking to protect its profits. We’re here to support and protect you all the way through this difficult time.