What To Do After A Car Accident
At Fay Law Associates, we know what a severe injury or death can mean to you and your family. We want to know how your accident has affected your life. We will discuss all aspects of your case with you, advise you of your options and involve you in the decision-making process.
Hurt In A Car Accident? Follow These Steps.
Injury check. Immediately following an accident, you should check for injuries on yourself and everyone involved in the crash. Seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Gather information. Take the other parties insurance and contact information. Take pictures and videos that show the road, conditions and damages. Show exactly where the crash happened if there are no signs nearby.
Do not admit fault. Speak to the other driver and police about the facts but do not admit issues regarding yourself or your vehicle. Saying things like “I’m sorry, I was looking at my phone’s map” can be an admittance of distracted driving. Do not give recorded or written statements to the other party or their insurance company if asked.
Call an attorney. As early as possible, give your attorney a call to report the accident. They will start gathering evidence, investigating the crash and putting together a strong case to get you the compensation and protection you deserve.
File reports. An accident report may need to be filed. Your accident will also need to be reported to your insurance agency. An experienced attorney can assist with completing these records correctly. They can also uncover the benefits available to you under your insurance policy.
Get professional opinions. Always see a doctor after an accident to check for injuries. Many injuries, such as whiplash, may not show signs until weeks or months after a crash. Your case may need specific medical documentation, inspections or evidence from experts. A lawyer can tell you what to do, and not do, during this process.
Do not sign anything. Insurance companies may push you to sign forms for information or fast, lowball settlements. Instead, gather documentation of the accident, damages, medical attention, time off work, and pain or suffering. Provide these to an attorney to protect your best interests.
We Will Fight For You
We have a proven success rate of million-dollar settlements in and out of court for accidents involving:
- I-95, I-295, RI 10 (Huntington Expressway) and RI 37
- Neighborhood or car-to-car crashes
- Running stop signs, being rear-ended or hit on a freeway on-ramp
- Distracted driving from talking or texting
- Ice, snow and heavy rain
- Hands-free law violations
- Drunk driving or inexperienced drivers
- Speeding or failure to obey traffic signals
- Road hazards or road work
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a car accident, you have up to two years to file a claim. Call Fay Law Associates at our Cranston, Rhode Island, office at 401-354-7913, or reach out online to learn how we can assist your case.