Over 11 million car accidents occur in the United States per year. Tragically, those accidents result in nearly 36,000 deaths per year. When people sustain serious injuries as a result of a motor vehicle accident it can be devastating. If you have been involved in a car accident and were injured as a result, you are probably concerned about how you will pay for necessary medical treatment, repairs to your vehicle and other expenses. More importantly, you are probably worried about getting healthy again. If your loved one was catastrophically or fatally injured in an accident, you need to know what benefits you may be entitled to and how to pursue those benefits under the law. At Kanner & Pintaluga, our attorneys understand the stress and confusion that a car or other motor vehicle accident causes to victims and their families. We have spent years litigating motor vehicle accident cases, including head-on collisions and hit-and-run accidents, and have recovered millions of dollars for our clients. Your claim will be handled in an efficient and timely manner that achieves the results that you deserve.
Important steps to take when in an accident
- Seek prompt medical attention. Cooperate with law enforcement and medical personnel at the scene. Clearly, explain your injuries. If you are not immediately transported to the hospital, see your doctor or physician as soon as possible. Medical treatment helps to heal your injuries and also documents your injuries, which helps to build your case.
- Take photographs of the scene of the auto accident, all vehicles involved, and if possible, any physical injuries sustained in the accident. Taking photographs of the entire scene of the accident, enables attorneys to more effectively negotiate your case.
- Pay attention to what the at-fault party says or admits at the accident scene. Ask the at-fault party what they believe may have caused the accident. Typically, their answers can be used in court at a later time.
- Pay close attention to the police officer investigating the accident. Take notes regarding what the police officer said about the cause of the accident. If the officer issued a citation, find out who the citation was issued to and the reason for the citation. If possible obtain a copy of the police report and keep it for your records.
- Do not talk to any insurance representative (except from your own company). If an insurance adjustor asks to record your answers to their questions, refuse if you have not obtained the guidance of one of our experienced attorneys first. Insurance companies often encourage you to admit some portion of fault, like conceding that you were speeding or talking on your cell phone. If anyone requests a statement, seek legal advice first from one of our attorneys.
- Be patient. Remember, your health is what is most important. Your injuries will take time to heal. Consistently follow the treatment plan your physicians outline with the goal in mind of becoming pain free.
If Necessary, We Will Take Your Case to Court
Because the attorneys at Kanner & Pintaluga have extensive litigation experience, we never hesitate to go to court if necessary. Although the vast majority of our vehicle accident claims are settled out of court, we provide clients with the peace of mind that we will do what it takes to get maximum compensation.
As with all personal injury cases for our clients, there is absolutely no cost to you unless we win your case. Do not hesitate to contact an attorney at Kanner & Pintaluga if you have been injured in a vehicle accident. To schedule a consultation with an attorney regarding your vehicle accident, please call 1-800-586-5555 or feel free to contact us via email.