A car accident, no matter how minor, is a traumatic experience. In the shock and confusion surrounding a car wreck, it can be difficult to think clearly and to know what to do next. But there are important things you should do immediately after the crash and in the days following an accident that can help protect your legal rights and maximize your financial recovery.
Every year, more than 3 million Americans are hurt in car accidents. If you were hurt in a car wreck, it’s important that you take steps to protect yourself and your financial future.
Car accidents involve large, heavy objects traveling at high speeds that abruptly come to a stop when they collide with each other. The forces generated when cars collide can be significant. Your body continues to move inside the vehicle until it comes to a stop, either because of the seat belt or by hitting something inside the vehicle.
Because a car crash is a traumatic event, your body will trigger a “fight or flight” response that releases adrenaline and endorphins into the bloodstream. These chemicals create higher levels of energy, but can also mask the pain associated with any injuries. Just because you feel fine immediately after a car accident does not mean that you were not injured. Once the excitement associated with these chemicals goes away, your injuries may start to appear.
It’s important to see a doctor after a car crash because your body might be masking the pain associated with any injuries you suffered. Your doctor is in the best position to diagnose whether you have been injured and can give you advice on monitoring for other possible symptoms and prescribe follow-up treatment if you have been hurt.
If you were hurt in a car accident, the most important thing to do is to take care of your physical and mental health and well-being. If your injuries are severe, call an ambulance to the scene of the crash. Go to the emergency room. Follow-up with your doctor. But remember, you don’t have unlimited time to file a claim.
For most car accidents in Washington, you have three years after the date of the accident to file a lawsuit. If you don’t sue the other driver within three years you cannot recover any money from the other driver or their insurance company. There are exceptions to this three year period and an experienced car accident injury lawyer can tell you exactly how long you have to make a claim.
At the Campbell Law Firm, we start by identifying the other driver and their insurance company and notifying them that you are represented by a lawyer. Next, we gather evidence to prove that the other driver was at fault. This includes the police report, witness statements, and photographs of the scene of the accident, your vehicle, and the other driver’s vehicle. In some cases, it is clear that the other driver caused the crash. In others, fault is in dispute and your lawyer will need to prove that the other driver caused the crash.
We will also gather evidence to prove damages. This includes:
When we have all of the necessary information about your case we prepare a demand package for the insurance company that shows the full extent of the effect the car crash had on you. The demand package presents your case in the most favorable light and in a way that is intended to maximize your financial recovery.
We will try to negotiate a settlement with the insurance company, and will not accept a settlement offer without your explicit approval. If We cannot reach an agreement with the insurance company, we will file a lawsuit to protect your rights.
If you were hurt in a car accident in Northwest Washington you need an experienced injury lawyer on your side. You may be entitled to compensation, including money for:
Attorney Justin Campbell is here to help by protecting your rights and maximizing your financial recovery. Learn why clients choose us and contact the Campbell Law Firm today. Call us at (360) 588-4111, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or complete our online form.
The Campbell Law Firm proudly represents people throughout Northwest Washington, including all courts in Skagit County, Island County, San Juan County, Anacortes, Mount Vernon, Burlington, Sedro-Woolley, Oak Harbor, Coupeville, and Friday Harbor.