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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 we're not the right law firm for you.
And one of the first things we will tell you is whether 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.
With a serious injury where you need surgery, future medical treatment, can't work and feed your family, you'll want to get started, or at least know where to start, right away.
What You Need To Know After a Serious 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?
="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.
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 a family of someone killed in an accident, you get one chanceto hold the responsible driver accountable. The other driver's insurance company has no duty to help the people its insureds injure or kill - that insurance company's duty is to its shareholders, to maximize their profits, not pay for your harms and losses - your medical treatment and bills, therapy, future medical care and treatment and lost income.
If You've Been in a Serious Car Accident, You Probably Need a Car Accident Lawyer
Hiring a lawyer after you’ve been in an accident may seem like a tumultuous task on top of an already difficult situation. During this time of uncertainty, Donahoe Kearney is here to help. Please read 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:
Q: I’ve been in an automobile accident, what should I do now?
A: It’s important that you focus on your health and healing. Make sure that you’re taking the advice of paramedics and any doctors you may have seen. If you haven’t seen a doctor and are experiencing symptoms that you believe are a result of the accident, see a healthcare professional right away.
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.
Q: How do I know if hiring an attorney is right for me?
If your injuries are not severe, are beginning to heal on their own, and your healthcare provider tells you that you won’t be adversely affected for any length of time, you may be able to handle resolving the accident on your own. If your injuries are leading to excessive medical bills beyond what insurance covers or you are facing being out of work or under-employed as a result of injuries sustained during the incident, consider reaching out to one of our attorneys for a free consultation as soon as possible.
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 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.
Key points on what to do after an accident:
- 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 a necessary part of your recovery.