Car accidents occur with great frequency in North Carolina, so you need to know what to do should suffer an injury as a result of one. What you say or do at the scene of a car accident may affect your ability to recover damages from the party at fault in causing the collision. A crash between two or more vehicles can leave you shaken and confused, so you need to have some understanding of how to protect your rights before having the opportunity to speak with your Ashville NC car accident lawyer from our firm.
An Ashville car accident attorney from the Clauson Law Firm, PLLC, serves as your advocate and legal representative to ensure that the parties responsible for causing you to be injured pay the compensation the law says you deserve. Our attorneys look out for your interests, so contact us as soon possible after the accident to put us to work on your behalf.
It may seem difficult to do after a collision, but you need to remain calm and determine whether you or any occupants of your car have been injured. If anyone has been injured, call 911 and calmly describe what happened and that your or someone else has been injured.
After calling 911, remain inside of your vehicle until police and emergency medical personnel arrive to assist you. It is important to remember that not seeing signs of an injury does not mean that you do not need medical attention. Traumatic brain injury and other serious injuries may not be immediately apparent, so wait to be evaluated by emergency medical personnel.
It is a good practice to make an appointment to be examined by a physician even if medical personnel at the scene do not recommend taking you to the hospital. Some injuries, such as concussions and whiplash, may not display symptoms for hours or even days after an accident.
Police, fire and emergency medical personnel will question you about the accident and the injuries you suffered. You must cooperate with them, but keep your answers brief and only focus on factual statements. Refrain from guessing or agreeing with what someone else says about how the accident occurred unless you know for a fact that such statements are accurate.
Car crashes happen so quickly and with such violence that rarely do the drivers and occupants of the vehicles involved have a clear recollection of exactly what caused them. The best thing you can do when speaking to fire and law enforcement officials at the scene is to give brief responses to their questions.
Under no circumstances should you speak to anyone who calls you on behalf of the insurance company for any of the other parties involved in the crash. Let your Asheville car accident law firm know who contacted you, and allow them to handle communications with insurance companies, defense attorneys and claims adjusters.
If you are physically able to do so, take photographs of the accident scene. Include photos of the vehicles involved in the crash and their positions relative to each other. Ask a friend or family member to take pictures in the event you cannot physically do so due to the injuries suffered in the accident.
Auto insurance policies contain provisions requiring that you notify them promptly in the event of an accident. Keep the description of the accident brief and accurate. When describing your injuries, do not minimize them. For example, telling your insurance company that you hurt your arm would be minimizing the injury if your arm was, in fact, broken. The better course of action may be to allow your Ashville car accident lawyer provide details about the accident and your injuries to your insurance company.
What you need most after being injured in a car accident is sound legal advice and guidance from a knowledgeable and skilled personal injury attorney at the Clauson Law Firm, PLLC, a premier car accident law firm Asheville NC. An attorney from our firm spends time reviewing details about how the accident occurred and the injuries you suffered to provide you with information about your rights and options offered under North Carolina laws to pursue a claim for compensation.
If you have been injured in a car accident, call us at 833-680-0177 for a free consultation. You may also contact us by filling out the convenient form at our website.