It’s a sound you will never forget … the squealing of brakes, the crunch of metal and the shattering of glass. You have just been in an auto accident and your life could be headed down a completely different path. An auto accident can mean medical bills, lost wages due to injury, car repairs and many other expenses. The last thing you need is the kind of hassle the insurance company is happy to give.
That’s were The Keener Law Firm comes into the picture. The firm that will put YOU and your needs first!
If you have been injured in an auto accident, we urge you to contact our firm today. An experienced lawyer is here to help you, to listen to your case and guide in you in the best direction to receive the justice you deserve. And remember, motorcyclist have the same rights as those as the driver of a car.
Also if your car wreck involved a transport truck, you could be looking at an entirely different case. This is a unique and complex traffic accident of which you need an experienced attorney who knows the laws involving transport trucks. Our firm is comprised of professionals, auto accident litigators and lawyers who know the letter of the law in these cases. Don’t go it alone, let us put YOU first!
What You Need to Know About an Auto Accident
Many victims of automobile and motorcycle accidents in Georgia try to handle their own personal injury cases in the hopes that the insurance companies involved will settle as promptly and fairly as their advertisements suggest. Unfortunately, insurance companies don’t respond that way. They are not good-will ambassadors. A lawyer from the Keener Law Firm is prepared to help you through this challenging time. We treat our clients like family.
Being involved in a car wreck in Georgia is a frightening, confusing experience. This list of procedures below is designed to ensure that you follow all of the steps immediately following a car accident.
The adjuster’s job is to make the insurance company money.
The insurance adjusters thrive off of the confusion that a car accident causes the victim. Stop the confusion by calling the Keener Law Firm today.
What to Do When You’re Involved in an Auto Accident
If you’ve been in a car accident and are looking for information about how to assess your rights and responsibilities and where to go for help, you’ve come to the right place.
A personal injury attorney from our firm is on call 24/7 to help if you have suffered an injury or been involved in a job-related accident in Georgia.
- Stop your vehicle immediately.
- Stay calm and do what you can within reason to avoid blocking traffic. Never leave the scene of an accident in which you were involved, no matter how slight the collision. Failing to stop at an accident may subject a person in Georgia to criminal action for leaving the scene of an accident, even though the accident is not your fault. Pull over to the side of the road as soon as possible without endangering any other person and without obstructing traffic.
- Check to see if anyone was injured.
- Take care of any person that is injured, including obtaining medical attention as soon as possible. Call 911 in order to expedite medical care and notify the police. Do not assume that just because you can’t see an injury that a person is not hurt.
- An accident should be reported to the proper authorities. The report may not only be helpful later if you determine that you are injured or there is damage to your car, but it may be helpful later if the other person tries to avoid responsibility for the accident.
- If an insurance adjuster shows up, don’t give any statements, and don’t sign anything. Insurance adjusters thrive off of the confusion that an auto accident causes in people’s lives. The adjuster’s job is to make the insurance company money by paying less money to people who are injured.
- If possible get the names, addresses and phone numbers of witnesses. Make a mental note of what witnesses say, like, “That black car was flying.” Identify the witnesses so there will be someone to support your case if it goes to court.
- Write down their names and addresses of witnesses, since the police do not always get the names of all the witnesses. Ask them what they saw and make a note of phrases they used like “slammed into,” “plowed,” “speeding,” or “he ran the red light.”
- Beware of insurance representatives at the scene of a car wreck in Georgia. Some insurance companies send adjusters to auto accident scenes in order to catch people off guard with incriminating questions or to have them sign away any rights they may have to future compensation.
- Visit your doctor as soon as possible.
- Even if you are not sure whether or not you are injured or anyone else in your vehicle is injured in the accident, it is best to be examined by a doctor at the earliest possible time or to go to the nearest emergency room. If you are examined by a doctor, make sure that you are specific in explaining to the physician how the accident happened and any and all injuries and problems you are having. The early medical records are reviewed very carefully later on.
- Take photos of your car as soon as possible after the car accident. When the adjuster asks for proof of damage, it is difficult to dispute a picture taken of your car at the collision scene. Photos of the damage will help tell your story. If possible, take photos of the other cars involved as well. These pictures will help supply information about the severity of the impact.
- Inform your insurance company of the collision.
- Make sure that you call your insurance company immediately to report the accident. Failing to report the accident immediately could, in some instances, result in the insurance company not covering you for the accident. You should contact the company immediately, and if you are injured, make sure that you ask the company to start paying your medical bills and open up a file in order to not only pay the property damage costs but all of your medical expenses.
- Do not immediately pay any tickets, as it may imply you are accepting liability.
- If you receive a traffic citation or ticket it does not mean that you are at fault. However, if you are anticipating bringing a claim against the other driver and receive a ticket, it is best to get advice from an attorney prior to paying the ticket.
- Cooperate with your insurance company’s investigation completely. Make sure you keep a copy of all the documentation you receive regarding the accident. Also, if you provide a statement under oath to any insurance company, get a copy of it.