When you are driving at the right side of the road and all of a sudden you feel a strong blast of energy behind your car, you know that something is wrong. Being involved in a car accident like this kind of situation gives you the instinct to call 911 so police will rush to the scene.
First things first, you should immediately get medical attention. And in more serious accidents, friends and family should take pictures (while the victim is loaded into ambulance or busy applying direct pressure to bleeding). After this is taken care of, you should then call a personal injury attorney.
There are many reasons why a lawyer should be involved. First of all, it is not your fault. In the scenario above, you are the victim. When you call a lawyer, rest assured that you will be protected of your rights. Lawyers know exactly what they have to do in this situation because they are familiar with the law. Different states have different laws regarding filing against the driver who bumped against your car and their insurance. For instance, in Arkansas, you have three years to file the lawsuit whereas with Tennessee, you only have one. If you contact a lawyer right now, the limitations in filing will not affect you.
Another reason why you should call an attorney right away is because he or she can help you make the right statements. When involved in a car accident, it is advised that you do not say anything to the insurance agent or the other driver. In addition, you should not sign any document from the company. There may be some parts of the document that you do not understand so make sure that you consult with a knowledgeable attorney first.
It is common for insurance companies to attempt to minimize the amount that they pay out for the accident. In the car accident case such as the example above or those that include wrongful death, it is always wise to have a professional accident lawyer right by your side.
Record as much information as you can regarding the car accident and relay them to the attorney. He or she can give you the assistance you need during this terrible time.
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