Injured in a Car Accident? Get the FAQs
Q: Do I need to see a doctor after a car accident even if I don’t feel hurt?
A: Most medical experts agree that its advisable to see a doctor as soon as possible after being involved in a car accident. Symptoms of many car accident injuries appear well after the accident occurred, especially back injuries, whiplash, internal bleeding and neck injuries. A complete physical check-up is necessary to detect injuries that may not be apparent to you and can be serious in nature. Medical care costs are normally covered by your car insurance company.
Q: Will my car accident claim go to trial court?
A: The vast majority of car accident cases do not go to trial court. Most cases are settled out of court between the accident victim and insurance company. Car accident victims who are dissatisfied with their insurance company often hire a personal injury attorney to protect their rights. In the rare instances when a car accident case goes to trial it is advisable to have a personal injury attorney represent you at trial. A personal injury lawyer works to achieve the maximum amount of compensation for the car accident victim in a timely manner.
Q: After a car accident should I give information to another driver’s insurance company?
A: Never release information to the other driver’s insurance company. Insurance adjusters often use sensitive information, such as your medical records or even your description of the car accident against you. Do not sign any documents or settle the case without receiving advice from a personal injury attorney first. The outcome of your case depends on you protecting sensitive information from falling into the wrong hands.
Q: If I caused the car accident, should I admit fault?
A: Never admit guilt and say that you caused a car accident, even if you believe it was your fault. Many factors may have contributed to causing the car accident that you are yet to become aware of. The car accident may have been caused by defective auto parts, a distracted or inebriated driver or dangerous road conditions. Any admission of guilt can and often will be held against you in court and will cause serious damage to your case.
Q: Do I have a personal injury case against the car manufacturer?
A: Product recalls are common in the car industry as defective mechanical or safety products can cause serious injury or death. Defective seat belts, car tires, sticky accelerators, and seat backs have caused injuries to thousands of motorists. Contact a qualified personal injury lawyer with the resources, experience and access to product liability experts to determine if there is a valid case against the auto manufacturer.
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