Car Accident FAQsBy Stewart J. Guss on August 3rd, 2018
Our Experienced Attorneys Can Answer Your Car Accident Claim Questions
When you look around after a car accident, you will see chaos all around you. You may see flashing lights, hear people crying, and begin to feel the pain of your injuries all at once. The world may seem to stand still as it spins out of control at the same time. Once this moment of shock passes and reality sets in, you will likely realize the long road ahead involves medical treatments, missed work, and financial losses that add up quickly.
In the moments, days, and weeks after a crash, it’s only natural to have many questions. The following are some questions we commonly hear at the office of Stewart J. Guss, Attorney at Law. For answers about your specific situation, call for free, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at 800-898-4877, or you may contact us now by CLICKING HERE to learn how we can help you after your crash-related injuries.
Should I Call 911?
In some cases, a car crash is so bad that you KNOW the first call should be 911. Often, witnesses to such a crash will call 911 before anyone involved has a chance to do so. However, after crashes without any obvious life-threatening injuries, should you call? Is it necessary? If you think someone else caused your crash, the answer is unequivocally YES!
Even accidents that don’t seem that serious can result in costly and painful injuries. To complicate matters, you may not be aware of some injuries right away. You could be in shock from the collision or simply write off any stiffness or soreness as “normal” after an accident. In reality, these are often symptoms of a serious and lasting injury. It is always good to have medical personnel check you over at the scene.
Furthermore, it can only help your situation if the police arrive to assess the crash scene. Often, police may determine the other driver broke the law – such as by drinking and driving – and may issue citations or arrest the driver. If a driver gets a conviction for any offenses, this can significantly help you prove liability in an insurance claim.
What do I say when the insurance adjuster calls?
After an accident, you may be focusing on going to the emergency room, follow-up appointments, physical therapy, and more. Before you even start recovering from your injuries, all the sudden, an insurance adjuster calls from the other driver’s insurance company. Your instinct may be to answer all their questions openly and honestly – after all, you did nothing wrong! In reality, this can end up hurting your case down the line.
Insurance adjusters are ONLY out to avoid liability. Even if they PROMISE they are on your side and care about your claim, they DON’T. Instead, their job is to get any information that may help them avoid liability. If they ask how you’re doing, and you automatically respond, “Fine,” out of pure habit (even though you’re in pain), they can use that to argue that your injuries are not serious! The best course of action is to consult with a car accident law firm as soon as possible so THEY can handle all communications with adjusters. If an adjuster does call, answer basic questions politely (such as your basic personal information), and then decline to make any type of statement. Then call an experienced law firm IMMEDIATELY.
Do I need a car accident law firm?
As just mentioned, the insurance company does NOT have your best interests in mind. Insurers want to MAKE money, not pay it out. They regularly try to take advantage of unrepresented accident victims by using many manipulative tactics. Without a law firm, too many people end up with settlements that are FAR less than they need or deserve.
Once you have a law firm on your side, the insurance adjuster will start to take your claim more seriously. They know that our car accident law firm can recognize their tactics and play hardball right back. The right car accident law firm can often improve the outcome of your case, sometimes substantially!
How much can I recover for my losses?
Every accident is different. Every injury is different. For this reason, the value of every car accident claim is different, and there is no one answer to this question. We will evaluate your specific losses and calculate the value of your claim based on the following:
- Your medical bills
- How much medical treatment you will require in the future after your claim
- How much work and income you missed
- Whether you can return to work in the future
- How much pain and suffering you experience
- Whether you have permanent injuries or disabilities
Will my car accident case go to trial?
When you think of car accident claims and law firms, you may imagine yourself sitting on a witness stand in a courtroom, telling your story of the accident in front of a jury. While this scene plays out often in movies and TV shows, it rarely happens in real life. The truth is that the very large majority of car accident claims end in settlement agreements. Our car accident legal team consists of highly skilled negotiators who fight for the settlement you deserve from insurance companies. In the event an insurer simply refuses to cooperate and offer any fair amount, we won’t hesitate to take your case to trial. Though, often, this is not necessary.
Contact a Car Accident Claim Law Firm for FREE Today!
At the law office of Stewart J. Guss, Attorney at Law, our experienced car accident legal team handles all types of claim arising from all types of crashes. Whether you suffered a sprained wrist or a spinal cord injury, do not hesitate to call for help. Someone is ready to answer ALL your questions. Our phones are available ANY TIME, DAY OR NIGHT, because you never know when you will need help. Consultations are COMPLETELY FREE.
The legal team of Stewart J. Guss, Attorney at Law, is nationally recognized for protecting the rights of injured car accident victims for more than 20 years. If you were injured in a car accident, call our office right now to schedule a free consultation! Because we take all our personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, you will not owe us a DIME unless we win your case. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so call us today at 800-898-4877 or contact us now by CLICKING HERE.