Car Accident FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions and Answers from the Lawyers of Brown & Crouppen
What should I do if I am in a car accident?
- Stop. Don’t leave. You could be charged with a “hit and run.”
- Call 911.
- Get medical attention.
- Call your own car insurance company. As soon as possible (within 24 hours is best), call and file an accident report.
- Don’t sign anything. If another driver’s insurance adjuster shows up at the scene, don’t give a statement and don’t sign anything.
- Gather information, such as the names, addresses and phone numbers of everyone at the scene. If possible, take pictures of the vehicles involved.
- Call an attorney. An experienced lawyer can protect you and can make sure you are treated fairly.
If I rear-end another vehicle am I at fault?
Probably. There are some exceptions-for example, if the other driver cuts in front of you or if you are involved in a chain reaction.
What if I did not feel hurt at the scene but experienced pain afterward?
It is not unusual to first notice pain until several hours or even a day or two after the accident. Seek medical attention as soon as you think you may be injured.
Can I still recover damages if I was not wearing a seat belt?
Yes. Although potential compensation can sometimes be reduced, it is important to understand that seat belt or no seat belt – it is the fault of the negligent party that is the primary factor in car accident lawsuits.
An insurance company is offering me a nice settlement. Should I take it?
Not without first speaking with an experienced auto accident lawyer. The insurance company will typically offer minimal amounts of money in return for your agreement not to sue and will often discourage you from obtaining a lawyer so they can pay you less. The claims adjuster’s job is to protect the interests of their employer. Who is protecting yours?
Do I have a case against the manufacturer if I was in an accident and the air bags in my vehicle did not deploy?
It depends. There are several factors that dictate whether an air bag should deploy in a collision. If the circumstances show that your airbags should have deployed, you may have a product liability claim against the manufacturer.
If was hit by a commercial vehicle is the employer also responsible?
Possibly. The employer may be held liable for the negligence of their employee under some circumstances.
If I have been injured in an automobile accident will I have to go to court to get a fair settlement?
Most car accident cases are settled before trial but if a fair settlement cannot be reached, we will be poised to fight your case in court.
If I was injured in a car accident do I need to hire a lawyer or can I handle the claim myself?
The law does not restrict you from handling your own case but keep in mind that the insurance company already has lawyers. It is their job to pay you as little as possible.
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