I was just in an auto accident. Who do I call? The answer: First, call 9-1-1 or the police. Second, call your insurance company. Third, call an attorney.
Most people are usually shaken up and unsure of their next steps after getting into an accident. Your mind is racing with thoughts like, ‘Am I hurt?’ ‘Are my children are safe?’ ‘Do we need to move off the road?’ and ‘I really hope that other person has insurance.’ With so many thoughts, calling an attorney is one of the last things on your mind. In reality, it should be one of the first things you do after an auto accident.
More often than not, our clients call us seeking help months after they were involved in an accident. When we ask why they waited to call us, the story is typically the same; the process became too complicated, the insurance companies were beginning to act unfairly, or the other party to the accident started changing their story. This passage of time occurs frequently and can pose many challenges for your potential case.
The passage of time also causes problems if you were injured as a result of your accident. It is difficult to remember exactly how you felt after the incident, the course of your medical treatment, and the severity of your pain. Calling an attorney early after an accident allows us to walk you through the entire process and ensure all of the relevant evidence is preserved in order to put your best case forward.
If you call or retain an attorney, it does not automatically mean your case will go to trial. Attorneys can be incredibly helpful in dealing with difficult insurance adjusters and the other party to the case. In addition, an attorney coordinates any medical treatment and investigation regarding the accident. Generally, personal injury cases settle out of court. However, if it becomes necessary for your case to go to trial, Kershaw, Cook & Talley has experienced and skilled trial attorneys to handle the case.
So, if you are ever in an auto accident, call 9-1-1 first, contact your insurance company, and then call an attorney. This alleviates the stressful process of dealing with the accident so you can focus on your recovery, and make sure we put forth the best case possible for you.
If you were injured in an auto accident caused by another party’s negligence, call Kershaw, Cook, & Talley for a free case consultation at (888) 997-5170.