Motor Vehicle Accidents in Modesto
I’m Ed Smith, a Modesto car accident attorney. Motor vehicle accidents are often a stressful experience, especially if a serious injury or fatality occurs as a result. When faced with this type of situation, knowing what to do can be helpful.
Stay at the Scene
Always remain at the scene of an accident. If you can safely do so, move your vehicle to a safe area near the scene and check for injuries. Failing to stay at the scene of a collision can result in a misdemeanor or felony hit and run, depending on whether injuries were sustained in the crash.
Keeping a list handy is useful in recording notes of the accident and contact information of the other driver. While others may prefer using their cell phone as a way of maintaining car accident information, carrying a pen or pencil and notebook in your glove compartment can also be helpful. You may want to take a photo of the other involved parties driver’s license, registration, and insurance card. Don’t forget to get the phone numbers for all parties involved in an accident.
Collecting evidence is vital in a car accident claim. You can do so by taking photographs of the damage to your vehicle and any other cars involved in the collision. Also take photos of the position of the vehicles, traffic signs, skid marks on the road and additional information that can assist in determining fault. If there are any witnesses at the scene, make sure to get their contact information.
Notify Your Insurance Company
Contact your automobile insurance company when you get home to report the accident. If an at-fault party’s insurer contacts you, under any circumstances, you should not discuss information outside of the property damage claim. Insurance adjusters have been trained in using victim statements as an attempt to hurt their case, therefore, only talk to them to retrieve their name, insurance company and claim number just in case you need to contact them later.
Seek Medical Attention
Schedule an appointment with your medical provider immediately. As a patient, it is imperative to follow your physician’s advice and any medical treatments recommended. If your symptoms have not been resolved, return back to your doctor promptly so that any complication to your initial injury can be documented. Failing to follow medical advice or allowing gaps in treatment can potentially weaken your personal injury claim.
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How a Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help
When dealing with high medical bills, time lost at work and other associated costs due to an injury caused by a negligent motorist, an experienced personal injury lawyer in Modesto can help. An attorney with years of experience can determine what types of economic and non-economic damages may be recovered in your case and communicate effectively with insurance carriers as you focus on the crucial task of recovering from your injuries.
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Modesto Car Accident Attorney
I’m Ed Smith, a Modesto car accident attorney. Traffic accidents are often due to motorist error, which can result in serious injuries or death to those involved. If you or your loved one have been injured or even killed because of a negligent driver, I am here to provide you with compassionate, free and friendly legal advice. Please feel free to contact me any time at (209) 227-1931 or toll-free at (800) 404-5400.
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