A Car Accident Attorney Can Help Your Case
After a car accident, it’s normal to feel overwhelmed, upset, and worried about your future. You may be dealing with pain, property damage, and bills that seem never-ending.
The Advocates’ personal injury attorneys have helped thousands of car accident victims with their recoveries, and we are ready to help you too. We are committed to doing everything in our power to help you obtain a fair settlement for your damages.
If you need a competent, experienced attorney for your personal injury claim, contact The Advocates law firm today for a free consultation.
Frequently Asked Questions
Not every accident requires an attorney. However, if the accident resulted in injuries or significant property damage, it is a good idea to contact a lawyer. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you navigate the claims process, which can be lengthy and complex. Your attorney will build your case, keep track of your medical records, negotiate with insurance companies, and represent you in court if necessary. Studies have shown that accident victims who hire a personal injury lawyer can receive settlements up to 3.5 times larger than if they settled on their own.
The best way to know if you have a case is to speak with an attorney. The Advocates offer free consultations—you can speak with a qualified legal team to understand what your case is worth without paying a dime. Once you have decided to hire an Advocate, we will investigate your accident to firmly establish liability.
Your initial consultation with us is always 100% free. There are never any upfront costs or hidden fees when you hire The Advocates.
Our attorneys work on a contingency basis, which means that our attorney fees are calculated as a percentage of your settlement. You will not pay us unless we win your case, and you receive a settlement.
Every personal injury case is different. There is no one-size-fits-all solution to accident claims. The length of the claims process will depend on the severity of your injuries, the willingness of the other party to settle, the court’s caseload, and more.
In general, personal injury cases can take anywhere from several months to a few years. It’s important to contact an attorney as soon as possible to get your case started. Each state has a statute of limitations for personal injury cases, after which you will lose your right of action.
When you hire The Advocates, we will begin investigating your accident immediately while you finish medical treatment. Once all evidence and medical records have been compiled, your attorney will send a demand letter to the other party’s insurance company. At this point, negotiations will begin.
In many cases, a settlement can be reached during negotiations. If the other party refuses to make a fair offer, you may choose to file a suit. In the litigation phase, your attorney will represent you in court in front of a judge, jury, and/or arbitrator.
A Team of Car Accident Professionals Assigned to Your Case
For 30 years, the personal injury lawyers with The Advocates have helped victims receive the compensation and care they deserve after their accidents, and we are prepared to do the same for you.
We can help you:
- Understand the claims process
- Investigate your accident
- Build your case
- Negotiate with insurance adjusters
- Understand your medical bills
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- No need to schedule an appointment
- No need to wait for an email response
- Free online consultation
- Talk directly with an attorney
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United States Car Accident Statistics
Where are car accidents most likely to occur?
- States on the East Coast, where population density is high, have the highest rates of car accidents each year
- Montana, the Dakotas, Wyoming, and South Carolina are the states with the highest incidences of drunk driving
- Rural areas see more fatal car crashes than urban areas; they also have lower rates of seatbelt usage
United States car accident statistics
- Around 35,000 Americans die in car accidents every year
- Men are less likely to wear seatbelts than women
- Over the last decade, car accident fatalities have increased by nearly 10,000
- Newly licensed drivers have higher crash rates than older drivers
- Most motor vehicle accidents occur in the fall and winter months
- Around 43% of accidents happen between noon and 6:00 pm
Common causes of car accidents
- Distracted driving: Motorists become much more dangerous and unpredictable when texting or talking on the phone
- Speeding: When speed is a factor in an accident, the likelihood of serious injuries or fatalities increases significantly
- Impaired driving: Car accidents are far more likely to happen when one or more drivers is under the influence
- Adverse weather conditions: Snow, ice, fog, and high winds can all increase the risk of an accident, particularly if motorists are driving too quickly for the conditions
- Improper passing: Illegal passing on two-lane highways can lead to head-on collisions, which often cause devastating injuries
- Following too closely: Tailgating is a major cause of rear-end collisions
Common car accident injuries
Depending on the nature of your accident, car accident injuries can range from mild to life-threatening. Some common vehicle collision injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Broken bones
- Lacerations and bruising
- Scarring and disfigurement
What to Do After a Car Accident
Move your vehicle
If possible, move your vehicle out of traffic. Move to the shoulder of the road or into a nearby parking lot. This will help keep you and everyone else on the road safe from further harm.
Do not leave the scene of the accident. Many states have hit-and-run laws that require you to perform specific duties before you are cleared to leave.
Check for injuries
Immediately assess your injuries and those of any passengers in the car. Keep in mind that adrenaline may be preventing you from feeling pain, so be sure to visually check yourself and others for visible injuries.
Your injuries may not be obvious. It is a good idea to seek medical attention before leaving the scene, even if you do not believe you are hurt.
Call 911 and file a police report
If the accident was serious, call 911 and request an ambulance be sent to the scene. If it was more of a fender bender, call the local non emergency line and have a police officer dispatched to the scene.
It is important to file a police report to protect any potential insurance claims you may file. Many insurance providers require a police report before covering any damages.
When speaking with the police officer, do not accept fault or speculate on the cause of the accident. Simply give the facts surrounding the crash.
Document the accident scene
Take photos and videos of the following:
- Your injuries
- All vehicles involved in the accident
- The scene as a whole
- Property damage caused by the accident
- Pavement markings
- Weather and traffic conditions
Verbal accounts of the accident can later be disputed. Pictures are helpful when you and/or your attorney begin to gather evidence for your claim.
Exchange contact information
When speaking to others involved in the accident, remain calm and professional. Be sure to get the following information from the other driver:
- Phone number
- Insurance card information
- Driver’s license and license plate number
Do not apologize to the other driver or admit fault for the accident. In many cases, an investigation will be done to determine liability. If you accept the blame for the accident, an investigation may not be done and you will lose your right to a claim.
Notify your insurance provider
Even if you were not responsible for the accident, you should contact your own insurance company and inform them that you were involved in a crash. Your car insurance policy may have some of the following types of coverage to help pay for injuries and damage to your vehicle:
- PIP (also known as personal injury protection)
- Uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage
Depending on state law, some of these types of coverage may be mandatory on your policy. Others may require you to opt in or out. The best way to find out if you have any of these types of coverage is to look up your insurance policy or speak with your agent.
Seek medical care
Begin treating your injuries as soon as possible. If you were not examined by a medical professional at the scene of the accident, make an appointment with your doctor immediately. Inform them that you were involved in an accident so they can look for hidden injuries.
The sooner you have your injuries treated, the more quickly your car accident claim can be settled. In most cases, your case cannot move forward until your injuries have been fully treated.
Keep track of your medical records and all treatment you receive. These will be used to build your claim.
When Should I Hire a Car Accident Attorney?
If you were injured in a car accident due to another driver’s negligence, you will need to gather evidence for your claim, keep track of your medical records, negotiate with insurance companies, and possibly take your case to court. The claims process can quickly become long and complex.
The other driver’s insurance company will likely do whatever they can to prove you had some responsibility in the accident. They may attempt to diminish the severity of your injuries, or deny liability altogether. Fighting with insurance adjusters can be stressful, frustrating, and harmful to your recovery.
An auto accident attorney can take on the claims process for you, but it is in your best interest to begin the process as soon as possible. Every state has a statute of limitations on personal injury cases. Once the deadline passes, you will lose your right of action.
The Advocates’ auto accident lawyers have years of experience negotiating with insurance providers and fighting for our clients’ right to fair compensation under the law. We will go up against the at-fault party’s insurance company to get you a fair settlement offer and help you get on the road to recovery.
Your Advocates legal team will be by your side from the day you contact us to the day your case is settled. Our number one priority is your peace of mind. Contact us today for a free case evaluation. You deserve an attorney who will fight for you. You deserve an Advocate.
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