Then you know what it's like - how you feel when someone caused a serious crash on the Beltway and you paid the price. A reckless driver that caused the accident may not have been hurt but you could be devastated.
That's why it's important to know what you can do about it.
If another driver caused your injuries, he should pay for it.
That's a long time principle in the law, and it's just like your mother told you growing up - if you hurt someone, make it up to them. We like to think a lot of people were brought up this way. You probably were.
But after a serious accident, you're not dealing with people. You're dealing with a large insurance company. And insurance companies are in business to make money. And they make more money by paying you less as compensation for your injuries - less of your time out of work, less for your medical treatment, less for your pain and permanent injuries.
Most people know that the other driver's insurance company is not your friend after an accident. But then you get in an accident caused by someone else, that wasn't your fault, and you act like the insurance company is going to take care of you.
But you may not even know the extent of your injuries. If you're still in the hospital, how do you know if surgery was successful, how much rehab you will need, how long you'll be out of work and whether you will ever be back to 100%?
You don't. No one does yet.
So what do you do if you've been in the hospital after an accident?
First, don't talk to the other driver's insurance company. For serious injuries, they will try to call you and get a statement from you (even though you're on all kinds of pain medications) and maybe even send someone to the hospital or your home to meet with you and get you to give them a statement. You're in no condition to do that.
Instead, call us to order a free e-book that will explain your rights and what do do after you've been hurt in an accident that wasn't your fault in D.C., Maryland or Virginia. You can read it while you recuperate from your injuries at the hospital or at home. It will help take some of the worry off your mind by explaining the process in clear English. And if you like a printed version, we have that too.
Oh, and if some lawyers or investigators call you to get you to a lawyer for your case - run. You don't want anything to do with someone who solicits you in the hospital. The insurance companies know who they are too and won't take them or you seriously.