When you call, you will talk to a real live person at our firm – someone who can start helping you and giving you good information as soon as you call. Even if you don’t need a lawyer because the injuries are minor, or if we’re not the right law firm for you, we’ll still try to help you by giving you free information you can use right away.
One of the first things we will tell you is whether or not you even need a lawyer (our book has more info to help with that decision). You can order a free copy of our e-book about accidents so you can read it in the privacy of your own home – instead of dealing with all of the letters from lawyers telling you to hire them, the crazy TV commercials, and the 800 numbers – who knows what kind of lawyer you get from those?
If you have a serious injury that needs surgery, needs future medical treatment, and/or can’t work to feed your family, you’ll want to get started, or at least know where to start right away. Contacting us is the first step.
What You Need To Know After a Serious Car Accident in DC, Maryland, or Virginia
People sometimes say “accidents happen,” but with driving, that’s just not true. Drivers are violating the rules of the road every day. What happens when one of them hurts you or your family and you have to be out of work for a long time? You’ll need medical treatment, coverage for lost wages, and money for future treatment.
“Accidents” are really caused by drivers who choose to violate the rules of the road by choosing to text while driving, deciding to drink and drive, ignoring safety laws, etc. Many collisions are caused by drivers who don’t pay attention or shouldn’t be on the road at all because they are distracted, drunk, speeding, weaving in and out, not obeying traffic signals and signs, etc.
You want to make sure you are carrying good insurance so that you are covered even if the person who hit you is carrying only the legal limits. However, even when you are legitimately hurt by these drivers, their insurance company will be looking for ways to delay or deny your claim.
For someone who was seriously injured or for the family of someone killed in an accident, you get one chance to hold the responsible driver accountable. The other driver’s insurance company has no duty to help the people injured or killed – that insurance company’s duty is to its shareholders, to maximize their profits, not pay for your harms and losses – e.g. your medical treatment and bills, therapy, future medical care and treatment and lost income.
If you think reaching out to an attorney is something you’ll need to do, it’s important that you don’t talk to or give any statements to an insurance adjuster; they may push to get you to provide such statements or insist that there’s a sense of urgency to get the process moving, but this is never the case. Insurance adjusters are trained to get statements out of victims in order to protect their own bottom line.
Finally, if you have photos from the scene of the accident, make sure they are in a safe place. If possible, make a copy in case the originals become inaccessible in the future. If you don’t have photos from the scene, take photos as soon as it’s safe of any visible injuries you sustained and the parts of your vehicle that were damaged.
Focus on your health and recovery. Make sure you’re taking the advice of your healthcare provider.
Don’t give statements or talk to the insurance companies. Your best interests may not necessarily be in their interest.
Compile and make sure that any photos related to the incident are safe and will be accessible to you should they become relevant later.
If your medical expenses exceed what is available from auto insurance coverages or if you believe you may not be able to maintain your current standard of living due to loss of income or long-term injuries, consult an attorney to decide if legal action is necessary part of your recovery.
It’s essential that you don’t wait too long – if you do, the statute of limitations (the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit against another party) will limit the amount of time our legal professionals have to investigate and build a case on your behalf. Most importantly, we want you to make the right decision for yourself and your family. We’re here to help and have the resources and expertise to help you on your road to recovery. If you have any questions or want more information, contact us today.
Hiring a lawyer after you’ve been in an accident may seem like a difficult task on top of an already difficult situation. The right car accident lawyers will speak to you about policy limits, medical coverage, lost wages, liens, and subrogation. If the lawyer is not familiar with these terms, run!
It’s an uncertain time and you should focus on your medical care, rehab, and providing for your family. We want to take away the stress, anxiety, and uncertainty so you can focus on getting better. We’ll give you lots of great info and advice, and we’re easy to talk to – just give us a call 202-393-3320.
Or you can get started by reading our frequently asked questions to help guide you through this process and determine whether reaching out to one of our attorneys should be your next step.
You don’t have to manage a complicated recovery on your own. We offer free information that will help you understand the process so you can avoid common mistakes people make after a severe accident. Just visit our education page for more information on car accidents. Call us today at 202-393-3320 and you will speak with a Client Experience Specialist who wants to hear your story. Our car accident lawyers will review your information and we will get back to you quickly about how we can help.
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