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Old 07-29-2011, 05:40 PM   #1
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Default What to do if you've been injured in a car accident -- The Horwitz Law Group

A motor vehicle accident can happen to anyone—any place, any time. You may have been on vacation or a mile from your home. In any case, it is important to know what steps to take should you or someone you love be involved in a serious car accident, trucking accident, bus accident or motorcycle accident.

If you are ever in an accident follow these guidelines to protect your rights:

Stop Your Car
If your car is involved in an accident and you don't stop, you may be subject to criminal prosecution. Leave your car as close as possible to the place of impact without obstructing traffic. After stopping, remain at the scene of the accident to aid the injured, protect the scene, report to the police and gather information.

Protect the Scene
Protect the scene of the accident to avoid additional collisions. Do not allow your car to obstruct the road if it can be moved. Warn approaching cars by raising the hood of your car and using your car's hazard warning lights. In addition, for nighttime accidents, place flares or reflectors on the road.

Call the Police
Call the police, particularly if someone has been injured. A police report of the accident will help your insurance claim and any liability claims. Ask the officer how to get a copy of the accident report and note the officer's name and badge number. If you receive a traffic ticket, it does not mean you are guilty of a traffic offense or that you are responsible for the accident. Be aware that you may hurt your claim for the accident. Be aware that you may hurt your claim for damages from the other driver if you plead guilty. Consult your lawyer and insurance agent before pleading guilty to any traffic offense.

Exchanging Information With the Other Driver
Exchange information with the driver of the other car. You should get the following information:
  • Other driver - name, address, phone number, driver's license number, and name of insurance company and policy number
  • Passengers - name, address and phone number
  • Witnesses - name, address and phone number
  • Owner (if not the driver) - name, address, phone number, driver's license number, and name of insurance company and policy number

Preserve Evidence and Take Notes on Scene
Make notes about the time of day, weather conditions, road conditions street lights and length of skid marks. Also make a diagram of the accident noting the location of the vehicles, cross walks, stop signs and traffic signals. If you hit a parked car and can't find the owner, leave a note with your name, address and a summary of the accident.

Do Not Admit Responsibility
When you exchange information with the other driver and give facts to the police, don't admit responsibility for the accident. Things that you say can be used against you if there is litigation. You may think that you were responsible for the accident and later learn that the other driver caused it or that the other driver was equally at fault.

Never Give a Recorded Statement to the Other Driver's Insurance Company
NEVER give a recorded statement to an insurance company other than your own. Doing so can destroy your right to pursue an action against the at-fault driver. Often, insurance companies will try to intimidate you or make false promises to pay in exchange for your cooperation and recorded statement. This can equate to legal disaster and should never be given. Instead, call the lawyers at The Horwitz Law Group so your rights are preserved.

File an Accident Report
In most states, you must file an accident report with the Department of Public Safety or Department of Motor Vehicles. The report must be filed within a few days of the accident if there were personal injuries or if the damage to property exceeded a minimum amount, for example, $100. Failure to file an accident report may result in a fine and loss of your driver's license. You should be able to get an accident report form from your local police or your insurance agent. Keep a copy of the report for your records.

Seeing Your Doctor
Both you and your passengers should consider seeing a doctor after the accident. The doctor may recognize injuries, sometimes serious, that are not apparent to you. The charges for a doctor visit and medical treatment may be covered by your insurance. Don't settle personal injury claims from the accident until your doctor has advised you about the extent of your injuries.

Call Your Lawyer
If you have been involved in an accident, or if you have received a traffic ticket, your lawyer can advise you about your rights and responsibilities. The sooner you call your lawyer the better, since witnesses may forget the details of the accident. Your lawyer can counsel you on how to respond to questions from insurance adjusters and help you recover compensation for your personal injuries and damages to your car.
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Old 07-30-2011, 06:54 AM   #2
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Hi friends..

Hope you are doing fine.


You have mentioned most practical points of an incident.
I think you have missed an important point, if you have seriously injured, then don't forget to call at: 911 and seek medical attention.

Also take a photograph of the scene and visible injuries from the car accident
with your phone or camera.

If you suffer an injury or are involved in a car accident,the above action should be taken as soon as possible after the accident. You should not neglect it because it potentially affects your future.

In this case, a personal injury lawyer can help you lot:

A personal injury lawyer is a lawyer who provides legal representation to those who claim to have been injured, physically or mentally, as a result of the negligence or mistake of another person, company, government organization, or other entity.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Thanks a lot
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Old 07-30-2011, 02:55 PM   #3
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Both good comments!!
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Old 08-01-2011, 11:55 AM   #4
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Here are the 8 must-do's if in an accident:
  • Call the police and call an ambulance if needed
  • Get the names, addresses and phone numbers of all witnesses
  • Use your phone to take pictures of the accident scene and damage to any/all vehicles
  • Do not discuss the accident with anyone other than the police
  • Do not admit fault to anybody
  • Do not speak to the other driver’s Insurance Company
  • See a doctor immediately
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Old 12-14-2011, 03:27 AM   #5
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After a crash, a person may feel a wide range of emotions shock, guilt, fear, nervousness, or anger all of which are normal. But take a few deep breaths or count to 10 to calm down. The calmer you are, the better prepared you will be to handle the situation. This is the time to take stock of the accident and try to make a judgment about whether it was a serious one.Car accidents are not fun. If you ever find yourself involved in one, remember these steps. They will help you resolve the incident without the possibility of future repercussions or involvement of law enforcement.
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Old 12-16-2011, 09:23 AM   #6
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Now I'm learning!
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Over 70% of the U.S. population is licensed to drive. A car accident is almost inevitable in our lifetime. All parties involved in an accident, as well as their families, can be deeply affected by an injury sustained. Vehicle collisions are very common due to the high concentration of people, automobiles, gridlocks and long commutes throughout the larger cities in the US. Inclement weather is also an added factor.
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Old 09-08-2012, 12:34 AM   #8
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First, contact your dealer. Many insurance companies now have a claim service 24 hours 7 days
Insurance companies and the number of your agent are usually mentioned in the contract. Usually there is no specific time limit for a car accident lawsuit must be filed. Furthermore, unless there is an absolute emergency, go to the local agency during working hours to get the best service.

Second Gather the necessary documents and information. Acquisition of all necessary information before you submit your application faster and easier process. Important to remember that you are never too much information about your accident. Here is a list of general policies for the most car accident claims:
  • Location, date and time of incident
  • Make, model and year of all vehicles involved
  • Driver and passenger information
  • Coordinates and license number
  • Police Report
  • List of vehicle damage
  • Injury

Third, determine whether you have the necessary coverage. Become familiar with the coverage and determine whether there is an accident you can be tricky enough. Important to contact your agent as soon as possible because he was answering questions before the claim when submitted. If you are concerned about the premiums you would ask your agent or your insurance claim will affect the price. Sometimes a small incident includes more than pocket to avoid sending the application and the risk of increased car insurance premiums increase.
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Old 09-10-2012, 01:35 AM   #9
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But sadly, many are encountering insurance fraud. Fraudsters who stage automobile accidents to fraud drivers and insurance companies are not just a phenomenon in the United States. A video coming from Taiwan, linked below, though clumsily staged, is an example of this type of scam. The cons have escalated with the globally economic crisis.
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Stop the car and protect the scene, take the injured person to hospital and in last call the police.
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