You’ve been in an automobile accident, now what?

You’ve been in an automobile accident, now what?

A West Virginia car accident or truck accident can alter your life’s plans forever. Most people do not know where to turn for help. Many people wonder how to pay for an initial hospital visit or whether to talk to the insurance company. Each person’s journey is unique. The personal injury at Preston & Salango are here to help. Just as with other aspects of our lives, there are multiple stages to recover from a car accident or truck accident and the personal injuries that the accident causes.

Seeking Medical Treatment and Evaluation

Seeking prompt medical attention should always be a priority. It is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible after the car accident or truck accident. Some injuries such as traumatic brain injuries, head trauma and closed head injuries may not be apparent right away and may show up several months later. You should inform your physician of any and all personal injuries that you believe you may have suffered no matter how small. Report any broken bones, fractures, cuts, bruises, bleeding, pain symptoms and even scarring. Documentation is key in a personal injury case and the medical professional should document each and every personal injury you suffered in the car accident or truck accident so that you can pass the personal injury information along to the insurance company.

Investigation of the Car Accident or Truck Accident

The investigation into the cause of the car accident or truck accident usually begins within minutes after the accident. Law enforcement are typically called to the scene to conduct an investigation and will oftentimes take pictures and interview witnesses. Many law enforcement officers will also interview witnesses for personal injuries and it is important to inform the law enforcement officers of all the personal injuries that you believe you experienced in the car accident or trucking accident. The photographs, interviews and conclusions that the law enforcement officers make will oftentimes help in the type of recovery your lawyer can help you achieve in the personal injury case.

Insurance Representatives

At some point in time after the car accident or truck accident, you will probably be contacted by one of the insurance representatives claim representatives. The representative will likely want to take a statement from you and ask information about any personal injuries you may have from the car accident or truck accident. Please know that you do not need to give a statement or sign a written statement without a personal injury attorney present. Also, you do not have to accept any personal injury settlement offer from the insurance company. It is important to have a personal injury lawyer review any settlement offer before accepting the offer.

If you or a loved one have been harmed by negligence in a car accident or truck accident, do not hesitate to give the skilled personal injury attorneys at Preston & Salango a call. Contact us at (304) 342-0512 fill out our online form to schedule a free case consultation with us today. We are a West Virginia personal injury law firm with decades of experience. We are ready to help!

Categories: Car Accidents