No matter how serious a car accident seems to be, you will probably find yourself stunned to be in such a position. Even the lightest of fender benders can come as a great shock as you find yourself navigating through traffic, sometimes even going at a slow pace—only to be jolted by the impact of another car—or worse, large truck (which could weigh up to 80,000 pounds in comparison to your 4,000-pound car). And while many accidents happen just miles from home, or even in your neighborhood, they can range from a light tap to a catastrophic and traumatic incident causing not only injury to you, but fatalities to passengers and those in the other car too.
The first issue that must be considered after a car accident is your health and that of your passengers. (If no one has arrived on the scene yet either, you may even need to check on the other party.) Lives can be at stake in a car accident, and it is critical in some cases to call for help before doing anything else upon stopping your car or moving it over to the side of the road. It cannot be emphasized enough how important it is to seek medical attention if you have the slightest doubt. If you had obvious injuries that showed up later, but you waited to call for help or did not go directly to a doctor or ER, it could be detrimental to your insurance case. It is important to note, however, that some pain and injuries may not begin to emerge until later.
Once the insurance adjuster begins asking about your case – and you should expect a call quickly—you should refer them to your accident attorney. Do not try to go it alone, and do not try to fight an insurance company on your own either. While they are more than delighted to communicate with a policyholder who does not have an attorney (hoping to take advantage), such action is not in your best interest at all. The insurance agency always has one agenda, and that is to help their bottom line. This means spending as little time on your case as possible and paying out as little money as possible to you – even if it means a fight. A skilled car accident attorney like Andrew ‘Pike’ Piekalkiewicz, PLLC knows how to handle the insurance companies and will help you receive the compensation you deserve after surviving a traumatic car wreck.
If you have been injured in an accident due to the negligence of others, this is not the time to go it alone! Please call the law offices of Andrew ‘Pike’ Piekalkiewicz, PLLC as soon as possible at (713) 748-7453 or visit AttorneySgtPike for a no obligation case review.
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