I Was Hit By a Drunk Driver. What’s Next?
There is nothing more terrifying than being involved in a catastrophic car accident. You immediately are dealing with the pain of severe injuries, the medical care, and contemplation of the long-term financial impacts this could have on you, your family, and more. Then you learn that the driver of the other vehicle was drunk. That news can lead to even more anger. If the driver had acted responsibly, your injuries could have been prevented. We have represented countless car accident victims and understand the chaos that ensues afterward. From the first few moments to the first few weeks, it is paramount that you take the correct steps so you can move forward.
At the Scene: Gather Information
If you can, gather as much information at the scene of the accident as you can. Take pictures of the accident, the damage inflicted on your car, and any injuries you sustained. Write down the contact information of any witnesses and the police officer who will be writing the incident report. Take note of any details of the accident, including what you remember happening, the location, and any other pertinent information.
Focus On Healing, Not On Managing Your Accident Claim
After you have been seen by a medical professional, it is crucial that you continue to follow up with your injuries. Sometimes the long-term nature of an injury isn’t felt until months after the initial impact. It would be best if you regularly communicate with your doctor about your pain, suffering, and personal discomforts/inconveniences, and any other effects you feel after your accident. Keep a diary if possible to keep track, as sometimes it is easy to forget about pain or stiffness. Make healing a priority and leave the legal claims to your attorney.
Don’t Talk to the Insurance Company Without an Attorney
Insurance companies always want to rush ahead and make a settlement, often for far less than the victim should be getting. Before signing or agreeing to anything, make sure to direct all communication to your injury attorney. They have the experience to know exactly what to say to negotiate a fair settlement. If the insurance company is not willing to cooperate, your attorney will begin preparations for trial.
Need a personal injury attorney to assist with your car accident claim? Contact the Law Offices of Tanya Gomerman. Call 415-545-8608 for a free consultation.