Handling auto accident cases are difficult not only from the aggravation of dealing with carriers, but also in terms of the human loss and injury that can occur. People in car crashes have to miss work, are in pain, and sometimes don’t return to being their old selves.
One of the most difficult cases I have ever handled was helping a family who lost two sons and a daughter in a wreck with an 18 Wheeler transfer truck. In another case I represented the estate of an aspiring young man who lost his life as a result of a drunk driver. I have such admiration for those families and consider them as personal friends.
After an accident it is important to take notes about the incident and document your injuries. Complex cases can take a year or more to resolve so having information to refer back to can be important to the success of your case. Write down as much as you can about the accident itself, your injuries and any other losses (such as wages) you have suffered as a result of the accident. Make sure to take notes of any conversations that you have with people involved in the accident or the injury claim. Do not talk with any representative from the insurance company or sign anything without first consulting an attorney.
If a law enforcement officer responded to your accident, a police report was probably generated. You are entitled to this report and it can help document all details at the scene of the incident including the officer’s assessment as to who was at fault. This is also a good source of information in tracking down anyone who may have witnessed the accident.
Steps to Take After an Accident
By contacting Timothy C. Morris, P.A., all of the information below will be done for you. Your only job will be to get better and stay in touch with our office.
We will ask that you sign a fee agreement, which will authorize us to deal with the insurance company on your behalf.
We will ask that you sign medical authorizations, which will allow us to obtain your medical information and documents.
We will obtain the police report.
We will obtain pictures of the scene, your injuries and the automobiles, sometimes with your help.
We will communicate with the adjusters and all attorneys involved in the case.
We will prepare and explain all legal documents and the process of a lawsuit from beginning to end.