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Driving is second nature to most people – we don’t think twice about our commute to work, school or wherever else we need to go. That may be why an auto accident can be so shocking. In an instant, a normal day turns into a life-changing injury. You may be left lost, confused and not sure where to go next.
Reach out to Recht Law Offices. Our family has been standing up to insurance companies since 1952, and we’ll stand up for you. We know northern West Virginia, eastern Ohio, and western Pennsylvania roads and we know the law. An experienced car accident lawyer from our firm can help you down the road ahead.
- Car Accident Causes and Factors
- Defective Vehicles
- How Insurance Companies Respond to Car Accidents
- Passenger Injuries
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Car Accident FAQ
- Reading Your West Virginia Accident Report
You’ve been in a car accident. Now what?
Make sure you aren’t in any immediate danger. That may mean moving your car, if you can, out of traffic and harm’s way.
Call 911 and wait for help to arrive.
When you speak to police, other drivers, passengers and witnesses at the scene, just stick to the facts. Get names and contact information, but don't say anything else that could be construed as admitting fault for the accident. Anything you say can used against you if you file a personal injury claim.
Take pictures and video of the scene, including damaged cars, any visible injuries anybody has suffered and property damage. You’ll likely need this evidence when you file your car accident claim.
See a doctor immediately, even if you feel OK. Accidents can cause internal injuries with delayed-onset symptoms. If you wait too long to seek medical attention, an insurance company can use that to question the severity of your injuries and reduce or deny your compensation.
Call your insurance company to report the crash, but just stick with the facts of what happened. If they want more information or for you to give a recorded statement, tell them to call your lawyer.
Do I need to see a doctor even if I feel OK?
Yes. You may think you’re OK, but a collision can caused serious and potentially life-threatening injuries, such as a traumatic brain injury or damage to your internal organs. Seeing a medical professional promptly is not only best for your health, but when a doctor documents your medical care, the insurance company must take your injuries seriously. Tell the doctor you were in a car accident and keep track of every visit.
Do I need a car accident lawyer?
A personal injury attorney can investigate the scene of the accident to determine exactly what happened along with who’s at fault. They will speak to witnesses, record the crash scene, and review documents such as cellphone records that may show a driver was texting and driving. Accident reconstruction specialists may be called upon along with other experts to get more information about your crash.
How much can I recover after a car accident?
Every car accident claim is unique. The amount you can recover for your injuries depends on the amount of damage you suffered. Generally speaking, after a car accident, you may be entitled to compensation for doctor visits and medical bills, lost wages and future earnings, pain and suffering, emotional distress, home or car modifications, and property damage.
Should I talk to the insurance company?
Yes. You must report the accident to your insurance company. The sooner the better, or they could deny your claim. But you don’t want to say too much during your phone call. Stick to the facts. They will be listening for anything you say that they could use to blame you for the accident. Tell them to direct any questions to your lawyer. If you get a call from the other driver’s insurance company, politely decline to speak with them. Your lawyer can handle their questions to protect your legal rights.
The insurance company made me a settlement offer. Should I take it?
Be careful to accept any settlement offer from the insurance company. A quick settlement offer after your car accident is likely a lowball offer that they are hoping you will take. Lowball offers rarely cover the full cost of a car accident, and if you're still being treated for your injuries, there's no way of even knowing what the full cost is. Wait until you have completed your medical treatment before even looking at a settlement offer from your insurance company. Call a personal injury attorney for a free consultation.
The vast majority of car accidents happen due to human error. You may have been rear-ended by a texting driver or hit head-on by someone who fell asleep at the wheel. But even if it seems obvious that the other driver was at fault, an insurance company may not see it the same way. They may look for ways to deny your claim or even argue that you caused the accident. Their goal is to reduce their own liability by any means necessary, and they have an army of adjusters and attorneys on their side.
You need your own advocate to level the playing field and get the compensation you deserve. You need Recht Law after your car wreck. We’ll investigate the scene of the accident, pore over documents and pursue every possible legal recourse. Our attorneys will fight for a settlement or verdict that will cover your medical bills, lost wages and other expenses due to the accident.
Many accidents involve out-of-state drivers. Our attorneys are licensed to practice law in Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania, and we routinely handle cases that cross state lines. No matter which side of the border you’re on, we can help.
Get started on your case right away. When you talk to your insurance company after the accident, tell them the facts of what happened - and tell them they can direct any further questions to your attorney. Then, contact us. We'll handle your case from the beginning and work around the clock to protect your legal rights.
The accident was out of your control, but you can take charge of what happens next. Call us today at 1 (877) 321-7324 for your free case evaluation.