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AUTO ACCIDENTS:

DO's and DON'T'S:

What You SHOULD Do:

  • Get medical help immediately if you feel you have been injured.
  • Tell the investigating officer what happened.
  • Keep a diary of the accident, stating how it happened, how you felt just afterward, the pain you endured, doctor's comments, sleepless nights, etc.
  • Take pictures of the damage to the automobile, the injured parties, the accident scene, etc.
  • Call your insurance carrier and advise them that you are not making a claim, but they should be aware of the accident.
  • Talk to Steven V. Bennett

What You SHOULD NOT Do:

  • Jump out of the car and say, "It was my fault. My insurance company will take care of this!" Admitting fault on the accident scene is a mistake many people make. It is for the investigating officer to assign fault in an accident.
  • Move your car, unless told to do so by an investigating officer, or unless you must do so to avoid further accidents or pileups. The investigating officer will need to see the automobiles involved in the exact position in which they were just after the crash, in order to determine how the accident occurred. Moving the car might affect his determination of liability, thereby adding unnecessary complexity to any claims you might file.
  • Talk about how you feel concerning any lack of injury. Many aches and pains do not show up for a number of days afterwards, and you would make it more difficult to prove your injury was caused by the accident if you told anyone at the scene that you have not been injured.
AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENTS
What Are Your Rights?
  • Property Damage:
    You have the right to have your automobile repaired to the same condition as it was before the accident. A property damage claim should cover expenses pertaining to:
    • Damage to your automobile
    • Other property damage
    • Rental cars
  • Loss of Income:
    You have the right to recover any financial losses you may incur due to the accident, including:
    • Lost Wages
    • Lost Profits
    • Other income losses
  • Medical Bills:
    You have the right to recover your medical expenses related to the accident. Examples of a medical loss claim include:
    • Emergency room
    • Physicians visits
    • Hospitalization
    • Medications
    • X-Rays
    • Follow-up treatments - Surgery, physical therapy
    • Transportation to and from medical facilities
  • Injured Passengers:
    If there are individuals in the car with you who were injured in the accident, they have the same rights as you.
  • Pain and Suffering:
    You have the right to compensation for the pain you experience as a result of your injuries. Naturally, the greater the injury, the more pain and suffering will be associated with that injury. Examples include:
    • Shock and mental distress
    • Cuts, bruises, and contusions
    • Neck, back or limb pain
    • Headaches
    • Broken bones
    • Pain due to follow-up treatments (e.g., surgery)
  • Future Damages:
    You have the right to recover any expenses which may be incurred long after the time limit for filing a claim. Examples include:
    • Future pain and suffering
    • Future medical treatments
    • Diminished capacity to earn an income
    • Permanent disabilities
  • Injury to Spouse:
    The law recognizes the rights of individuals who, due to their injuries, have suffered an inability to provide conjugal fellowship. This is called Loss of Consortium, and in such cases, your spouse may be entitled to recover.

 

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