When clients come to car accident lawyer Alan LeVar to talk about their possible claim at a free initial consultation, they’re often surprised to hear they have a case. And in many unfortunate instances, they were so sure they didn’t have a claim that they neglected to take a few simple steps that could have greatly increased their chances when pursuing justice and compensation.
Our Arkansas car accident lawyer understands that the immediate aftermath of your accident can be chaotic and confusing. There’s a lot going on, and even something as seemingly helpful as dashboard camera footage can be complicated by legal filings.
That’s why it’s important to protect yourself by taking proactive steps after your car accident that will make your personal injury lawyer’s job easier.
If you’re an Arkansas resident and want to learn more about pursuing your case from a car accident lawyer, please call The Law Offices of Alan LeVar today at (888) 220-7068.
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The good news is that the right steps after your car accident are also easy steps. They basically entail some common sense decisions and basic precautions.
Here’s what to do- and not to do- after your car accident:
- Don’t admit fault: In the immediate aftermath of your accident, speak to the other driver. Get his or her insurance information. Be polite and don’t cause any conflicts, but don’t admit to any fault.
- Get medical attention: The purpose of this is two-fold. First, and most importantly, you need to look after your health. Many of the injuries associated with car accidents take a while to show up and their symptoms can be minor at first. That doesn’t mean you aren’t hurt. Second, it’s important for the success of any future claim that you have records of medical care. If EMTs were called to the scene, let them examine you. If they weren’t, see a doctor immediately.
- Document everything: You can never have too much information or too much evidence. Take as many photos of the accident scene as you can. Make sure the police are called to the scene and get a copy of the accident report. And get copies of any medical records generated while you were receiving medical attention.
- Don’t sign anything from the insurance companies: The insurance companies have two interests: closing your case as quickly as possible and doing so as cheaply as possible. They’re not looking out for you. Don’t sign any of their paperwork or accept any settlement offer before you…
- Speak to a car accident lawyer immediately: Even if you think the accident was simple, even if fault seems obvious, even if you don’t feel hurt, you should still come to The Law Offices of Alan LeVar to talk about your claim. Our car accident lawyer can help you deal with the insurance companies, investigate your accident to determine fault and then pursue a case on your behalf.
And don’t ignore the “immediately” in that last tip. The statute of limitations for a personal injury claim in Arkansas is three years, and a fresh case is much easier for our car accident lawyer to investigate. Moving quickly will prove tremendously beneficial to you.
If you live in Arkansas and you’ve been in an accident that was someone else’s fault, our car accident lawyer can help. Please contact The Law Offices of Alan LeVar today for a free consultation.