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Accidents and Why You Need a Personal Injury Attorney

A car accident can cause car damage, liability issues, traffic citations, injuries, and in some cases death. There are things you can do to protect yourself though, including working with a personal injury attorney.

Car Accident Statistics

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2015 there were 2.44 million car crashes with injuries. Luckily, according to the NHTSA fatal car accidents are at their lowest levels in 60 years as the result of safer car. Still, most drivers are likely to be involved in a car accident at some point. There are steps you can take to ensure your own safety as well as the other drivers around you. There are things you should do after a car accident. But below, we outline the things you should NOT do.

What Not to Do After a Car Accident

Here’s a list of things to NOT do after a car accident:

  • Leave the scene. You are legally required to stop, check on the other person and car involved, exchange all insurance and contact information and report it to law enforcement. Failure to do so means you’ve committed a crime.
  • Forget to call 911. Even if the car accident seems minor, if you don’t get an official police report that documents the accident, what proof do you have? Sometimes law enforcement might not respond to collision unless there are injuries, but you always have an opportunity to get a report of the accident. This can help in the claim process, as well as protect you.
  • Lose your cool. Try to remain as calm as possible and be polite.
  • Admit fault. Do not admit to anything. But doing so, you’re legally admitting liability for the accident. This can expose you to lawsuits or other penalties.
  • Forget proper documentation. Documenting any damage done to cars or the scene will provide you with any necessary evidence should the accident lead to a lawsuit. Try to take a few minutes to write down what happened from your point of view. Note time, date, streets, makes models and colors of cars, direction you were heading, contact information, and information from any witnesses that were at the scene. This will all help to build your case and help determine liability.

Working with a Personal Injury Attorney

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If you have been involved in an automobile accident, you should immediately call a personal injury attorney that can help you build your case. They have the experience necessary to ensure you are able to prove your injuries so that you can collect the compensation you are owed.

Here are some more reasons to hire an experienced personal injury attorney:

Experience with assessing claims: Personal injury attorneys are experts when it comes to these types of cases and can advise you from the beginning on if you have enough of a case to pursue legal action. There’s no point in preparing for litigation if you do not have a solid case from the beginning. A personal injury attorney can assess your claim and save you time and money.

Cut through the red tape: Personal injury cases come with a lot of complicated legal procedures, confusing medical terms, and paperwork. An experienced attorney is familiar with all the paperwork and can help you cut through the red tape so you can move on with your life.

Access to an investigative team: Typically, attorneys work with a team of experienced investigators that will skillfully examine all the technical aspects of your case. You will want to provide your attorney with all of the information you have available to you so they can pass it on to the team.

Offer objectivity: Without a doubt you will experience anger, pain, frustration, and fear if you or a loved one have been involved in a personal injury accident. These emotions may impact your ability to see the facts clearly. An attorney will be objective about your case and the facts and will help you to understand all aspects of the case before you make a rash decision. For example, you may want to agree to a quick payout, but an objective attorney might advise you that it is in your best interests to wait for a more appropriate offer.

Alternative dispute resolution: You might not need to go to trial. Many personal injury lawsuits reach a negotiation before going to court. A lawyer will be able to assess the case and determine if there are alternative dispute resolution methods (ADR), such as mediation or arbitration, that could resolve the case.

Experience resolving cases with other lawyers: An experienced personal injury lawyer will be able to deal effectively and quickly with the other side’s attorney, especially during the fact-finding part of litigation where parties are legally required to exchange facts and documents.

Experience working with insurance companies: Insurance companies often move to settle quickly so they can receive their money and move on. An experience personal injury lawyer will be accustomed to working with all the insurance companies involved and will not feel pressured by tactics or the pressure to settle.

Settlements: Many personal injury cases are resolved before they go to trial. This means an attorney negotiates a settlement on behalf of the client. Typically a plaintiff gives up the right to sue in exchange for a payment from the defendant or an insurance company. This often resolves the case sooner than if the case went to trial.

Legal Strategy: Should a case go to trial, a personal injury lawyer can represent you in court and work toward achieving the best possible jury verdict for you. He or she will be able to develop a legal strategy that will help you receive any and all compensation that is available for your injuries.

Common Car Accident Injuries

Brain injuries 

A car accident can can traumatic brain injury (TBI) can occur as a result of a blow to the head or a piercing head injury. A TBI ranges in seriousness – mild, like a concussion that can heal on its own, or severe, such as an injury that impairs critical functions such as speech, vision, concentration, memory and emotional control.

Other forms of head injuries

This list or injuries include eye injuries resulting in partial vision loss or blindness; injuries to the ear resulting in loss of hearing; facial or jaw fractures; and dental injuries, including loss of teeth.

Neck and back

Whiplash occurs when the neck stretches and quickly snaps back into place as a result of either a sudden stop or acceleration. It is the most common injury suffered in car accidents. It can damage the vertebrae, ligaments or disks, or the spinal cord itself, in the neck and back, potentially causing paralysis or other loss of function in one or more limbs or larger portions of the body. A blow to the neck can also crush the trachea or larynx. A broken neck as a result of a car accident can result in instant death. Less severe neck and back injuries can occur causing chronic pain that can significantly reduce the quality of life.

Chest

Impact caused during a collision can break ribs and/or the sternum (breast bone). This often occurs if a driver or passenger was not wearing a seat belt. While the severity of chest injuries has been greatly reduced by airbags in dashboards and steering wheels, fractures and injuries to organs can still occur.

Diaphragm rupture

A diaphragm rupture is a tear of the muscle across the bottom of the rib cage, often caused by blunt or penetrating trauma to the trunk or lower chest. The diaphragm is crucial to respiration.

Compression

Compressive pelvic injuries / injury to abdominal organs.The liver, spleen, and kidneys are commonly injured in front- and side-impact collisions.

Leg and knee

Most leg and knee injuries occur as a result of smashing into a part of the car. This can result in a range of wounds ranging from contusions (bruises) to fractures. If knees are abruptly twisted or turned they can suffer meniscus tears (tearing of cartilage in the knee).

Foot

Often ankles, feet, and toes can easily be strained, sprained or broken (fractured), or in worst cases severed from the body.

Any injury can be a major financial downfall. Working with with an attorney like the ones at Personal Injury Attorneys PLLC will ensure that you get a fair settlement that can get you your life back. If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident, call the attorneys at Personal Injury Attorneys PLLC today.

Personal Injury Attorneys PLLC

668 N 44th St.

Suite 300

Phoenix, AZ 85008

Phone: (623) 552-4959

 

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