When you have been involved in an auto accident, it is important that you call 911 and file a police report. Sometimes the other party will ask you to not call, and offers to settle the accident, without involving your insurance companies. This is a bad idea, and you should never agree to resolve an accident in this manner for several reasons. First, failing to file a police report leaves you no recourse in the event the other party backs out of their original agreement. Next, if you sustained any sort of personal injuries, you are unable to be reimbursed for these expenses by the other party’s insurance company. Even if you do not notice any pain or suffering immediately following the accident, it does not mean you might not notice them later.
Additionally, you should seek medical treatment, either from an EMT or a doctor, following your auto accident. It is better to be examined and have a medical professional determine there are no serious injuries or other complications. Refusing medical treatment may make it difficult to go back and seek compensation for injuries you notice several hours or days later. It is also worth your time to speak to a personal injury attorney to see if there are grounds for a personal injury case.
Filing a personal injury case helps preserve your legal rights. You might discover you are entitled to a substantial amount of monetary compensation to cover medical expenses, lost wages from work, and other items. Discussing your accident with a personal injury attorney at Madison Law Group is free. In the event you do have a case, your attorney does not require any payment, upfront, and their fees are deducted only if they win your case.