At any moment, a car crash can turn a great day into a terrible one. They happen all the time. You could be rear ended at a stoplight, t-boned at an intersection, or hit head on by a drunk driver. In a split second, your life and the lives of the passengers in your car can be changed forever. Suddenly, you’re having to deal with insurance adjusters, medical bills, and police reports.
The United States’ roads are no strangers to car crashes; in fact, they see more than 6 million crashes every year. On average, car crash injuries occur every 14 seconds and a death will occur every 12 minutes. It’s terrible, but it’s one of the repercussions of living in a society that is very car-centered. A car crash can cause both physical and emotional stress, and the attorneys at Cox, Cox, Filo, Camel & Wilson might be able to help make the process easier. We’ll take the weight of paperwork, phone calls, and court dates off your shoulders so that you can focus on healing.
Immediately After a Crash
A large portion of car crashes are caused by negligent and/or reckless driving. It’s certainly not fair to be the victim of another person’s mistake but if you are, and a crash does occur, there are several steps you should consider taking immediately following the incident:
- Of course, the first thing you should do is examine yourself and any others involved in the crash for injuries. If there are serious wounds, or any party is unconscious or not responding, call 911 immediately.
- Assuming you are able to walk without further injury, examine the vehicles involved. If they are not already pulled over and are blocking the highway or street, move the vehicles as far off the road as possible. If the cars are too damaged to move, call 911 or your local non-emergency number for assistance. If 911 had been previously contacted due to injury, wait for their arrival.
- While you’re waiting for the police or tow truck, swap contact and insurance information with each one of the other drivers. Never leave the scene of a crash without securing each party’s insurance info.
- Next, take a few notes on the experience. It’s a good idea to jot down the date, time, location, weather conditions, and any other details you think may be relevant for the following investigation.
- If there were any witnesses to the crash, try to collect their contact information and ask if they’d agree to make a statement for the police or insurance companies.
- Contact each insurance company involved and file a claim, be prepared to give them the basic details of the crash.
- When you speak to police or insurance agents, do not make any statements that accept or place blame on any party. Before you make a potentially detrimental statement, you should speak with a Lake Charles personal injury attorney.
- After speaking with the police, if they were called, you’re usually able to return home. Do not drive without knowing that your vehicle can still be operated safely. If it’s not drivable, get in touch with a towing service who can take it to your preferred or insurance approved garage.
Car Crash Injuries
Whiplash is the most common injury seen after a car crash. That’s not surprising, considering the fact that 40% of all crashes are rear-end collisions. Whether either driver sees the impending crash coming or not, it is likely that the collision will cause both of their heads to jerk suddenly, bending their necks at an extreme angle. It’s easy to see how this would cause intense muscle pain over the course of days or weeks.
You may not realize it but car crashes can cause emotional damage as well as physical damage. Each category will manifest through different symptoms and require separate and unique treatment or care. The attorneys at Cox, Cox, Filo, Camel & Wilson may be able to help you receive damages to assist with the financial stress of both physical and emotional injuries. We have years of combined experience handling car crash claims with injuries like:
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Partial/Complete Paralysis (temporary or permanent)
- Broken Back/Broken Vertebrae
- Facial/Dental Damages
- Broken Bones
- Internal Bleeding
- Organ Damage
- Acquired Brain Injury/Traumatic Brain Injury
- Disc/Neck Injury
- Mental Anguish
- Loss of consortium
- Confusion/trouble concentrating
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Dealing with Insurance Companies
It’s unfortunate but true: your insurance company doesn’t always look out for your financial best interests after a car crash. Their primary focus is getting your claim closed as soon as possible with as little time and money spent as possible. While it is their job to negotiate with the insurer of the negligent driver, they are not obligated to fight for the damages your insurance claim is worth. If you don’t speak to a personal injury lawyer to find out what your case could really be worth, you may be offered and accept a settlement figure that’s too small to cover your expenses.
The Lake Charles auto crash attorneys at Cox, Cox, Filo, Camel & Wilson aren’t afraid to take on the insurance companies. We have the experience and know how to remain unintimidated by defendants, their lawyers, and their insurance adjuster. This is your opportunity to receive the financial compensation you deserve, and it’s our opportunity to fight for you.
Maximize Your Settlement
We believe that reckless and negligent crashes need to be put to a stop, and that the perpetrators of those crashes should pay a price for their lack of responsibility. We’ve been helping those in our community since 1969, and we aren’t stopping anytime soon. Our list of successful settlements is long and we have a lot of happy clients to show for it.
If you’ve been the victim of another driver’s negligence, don’t worry. Contacting an attorney at Cox, Cox, Filo, Camel & Wilson can help make the process easier, from beginning to end. Our consultations are free and we take personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis. That means we only get paid if we win your case. Call us toll free at 800-836-3702 or contact us online to get started now.