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Crisis Mode: What to Do after Being in a Car Accident

Getting in a car accident can be a very frightening event for all parties involved. The injuries sustained from the accident can be very severe and there are important steps that need to be taken immediately following the accident.

Immediate Steps Following a Car Accident

Through the years of practice, “what are the correct steps to take following a car accident?” has been a question us at Daniel Law have seen more than any other. Rightfully so, as there isn’t a lot of information going around with the correct steps to take, and each accident is different.

Because of this, we have come up with a “Car Accident Checklist” that you can follow on your phone:

Car Accident Checklist

Common Types of Auto Accidents

There are many different ways that a car accident can happen, although they all typically fall into one of these categories:

  • Single vehicle accidents - These accidents happen when no other vehicle is involved. Typically seen due to bad weather conditions or while driving under the influence.

  • Multiple vehicle standard accidents - This is when two or more vehicles are involved and they are considered a “standard vehicle,” including cars, pickup trucks, and jeeps.

  • Motorcycle Accidents - Accidents involving a motorcycle

  • Accidents involving big rig trucks, buses, and commercial vehicles

  • Pedestrian Accidents - These accidents include pedestrians who are not in a vehicle, including those on a bicycle while struck by a vehicle.

The accident type tends to dictate the response you get from police, paramedics, and legal representatives.

How Long Do I Have to File a Claim After a Car Accident?

Following a car accident, you have a limited time to file a personal injury lawsuit. The time you have is called a statute of limitations and the time limit varies from state to state. Waiting too long to file your case will, in most cases, cause the court to throw out your case as time-barred.

Having your case thrown out will render you unable to receive compensation for injuries, medical bills, and any other losses coming from the accident. It is also important to be mindful of the deadline dates for filing a claim with your insurance company. This leaves you with the option of going to court within the deadline, should that be necessary.

When Should I Contact a Personal Injury Attorney?

Every accident is different and the answer to this question depends on what happened along with what injuries you suffered. If you found yourself leaving the scene uninjured without property damage, you most likely won’t need a lawyer. However, if you or anyone involved was injured in the accident, especially if the injury is severe or caused a significant impact on your daily life, you should speak with a qualified Memphis car accident attorney.

There are certain cases in which you should without a doubt, speak with a Memphis car accident attorney, some of these include:

  • Someone in the accident lost their life

  • The fault is unable to be determined

  • Very severe injuries occurred

  • Pedestrians were involved

  • The car accident took place in a construction zone

  • The report the police made doesn’t accurately represent the accident

  • There are important legal or medical issues involved

  • You found yourself in an accident with no insurance

Getting into an accident usually comes with a feeling of mixed emotion and hopelessness. Seeking the advice of a qualified car accident attorney will help take the weight off of your shoulders. You may never know if you are able to receive help from a car accident attorney unless you get started on a case evaluation, they’re free!

If you were injured in a car accident and you feel that you deserve compensation for your injuries, call (901) 295-0100 today to schedule your free evaluation.