Car accidents are unexpected, shocking, and many times deeply emotional experiences. It is not easy to remain calm and collected in the minutes after a car accident. However, those first few minutes are critical to ensuring your safety immediately, and your rights during the aftermath of the accident. For this reason, Gebhard Law Office, LLC – your car accident lawyers in Milwaukee – is happy to provide some advice on what to do if you’re involved in a car accident.
What should I do if I am in a car accident?
The first thing that you should do if you are in a car accident is call 911. This gets medical personnel on the scene so that they can give you and anyone else in the car accident the medical attention they may need. If the 911 operator you speak to does not dispatch police, the next thing you should do is call the police, exchange information with the other driver, and wait at the scene of the accident. It is important that you do not admit liability for the car crash and that you do not leave.
Should I talk to the police if I am in a car accident?
Yes, absolutely. In fact, it is important that you are respectful and cooperative with police. Do not, however, take blame for the car accident or make accusations. Instead, stick to the facts.
How soon after a car accident should I get a lawyer?
If you have suffered any type of personal injury at all, you should contact a lawyer immediately. In fact, even if you feel fine it is in your best interest to discuss the event with a lawyer. Contacting a lawyer immediately after a car accident can help you start building your case and preserving the evidence you will need to win it. Having a lawyer on your side early can help you retain evidence, find witnesses, and answer questions you may have about insurance policy terms, the value of your claim, and more.
How much will it cost to talk to you about my car accident case?
Unless we win your case, nothing. Because we work on a contingency basis, we do not accept any fees for legal services unless a case is successfully won. In addition, we offer free, no-obligation legal consultations for all types of car accident cases. In general, our clients pay a specified percent of the recovery, which varies based on the unique circumstances of the case.
Should I tell my insurance company about my car accident?
Yes, absolutely. In fact, you need to notify your insurance company of any auto accident you are in. Most insurance companies stipulate that their policyholders report any car accident, and failure to do so can result in loss of coverage (and compensation) for the accident.
When dealing with your insurance company, be sure to follow the same general guidelines that you would when dealing with the police: Do not accept blame, do not make accusations, and stick to the facts of the accident. It is also usually a good idea to consult a lawyer before you provide any other information to your insurance company.
Contact us today!
At Gebhard Law Office, our Milwaukee personal injury lawyers are prepared to immediately respond to injured victims and families who contact our firm during their times of need. Contact us today on our website or at 414-873-6550 and we’ll get started fighting for your rights.