Whether you were involved in a head-on collision, a rear-end collision, or a rollover crash, being the victim of a car accident can change your life forever. The injuries you suffer may lead to lifelong pain and disability, making it difficult or even impossible for you to go back to work. To make matters worse, you may find that the insurance company is reluctant to pay you enough money to pay for your medical bills, let alone provide for your family. In some cases, insurance companies reject claims completely, leaving innocent victims like you on the hook for your accident-related expenses.
However, having an experienced and dedicated law firm on your side as soon as possible after your accident can help level the playing field and prevent the insurance company from denying your claim. The Elizabethtown auto accident lawyers at Matt Hardin Law have more than two decades of combined experience assisting people like you, and we know what it takes to win. In addition to leaving no stone unturned while we build claims, we also make sure that all our clients get personalized and individual attention from the moment they call us until the moment their case settles.
Steps to Take after a Car Crash
Auto accidents can be confusing, disorienting, and shocking for victims. It can be difficult to remain calm, but having a plan for yourself and your family is one of the best ways to protect your health and your rights to compensation.
Immediately after an accident, you should take the following steps:
Call 911 and get medical treatment
Making sure that you, your family members, and other victims get medical treatment is the most important step after an accident. Call 911 right away and give the dispatcher as much information as possible about the crash, including the number of vehicles involved, the severity of injuries, and your location. When emergency responders arrive, follow their instructions and allow them to treat you and even transport you to the hospital if necessary.
Cooperate with police and get witness contact information
After reporting the accident to the 911 dispatcher, a police officer will soon arrive. It’s important to cooperate with him or her and answer any questions truthfully. However, don’t volunteer information and never admit fault for the accident to law enforcement or the other driver. Because accidents can be disorienting, it’s common for drivers to think they were at fault when the accident was caused by someone else’s negligence. Finally, get names, telephone numbers, and email addresses from anyone who witnessed the accident.
Report the accident to your auto insurance provider
Auto insurers require that their customers report accidents within a relatively short timeframe—often just a few days—after it occurs. Most insurance companies have 24-hour claim reporting services, so you can report it immediately after it occurs. But as with speaking with police and witnesses, it’s important to stick to the facts and not provide extraneous information. The adjuster or representative may use your words against you to reduce or deny your claim.
Get in touch with an experienced auto accident law firm
Time is of the essence after an auto accident, especially if you’re planning on pursuing a claim for compensation. Evidence can quickly disappear, witnesses can become difficult to track down, memories can fade, and insurance companies can begin preparing their own evidence to reject your case. The sooner you get in touch with a car accident law firm, the better. And at Matt Hardin Law, our legal team can begin collecting evidence and building your claim from the moment you first contact us.
You Deserve Personalized and Dedicated Legal Representation
Many law firms focus on churning out as many cases as possible, and in the process, their clients are viewed as nothing more than case numbers. Our Elizabethtown auto accident lawyers treat every potential and current client like family. We take the time to get to know you, your loved ones, and how the accident has affected your life. The better we know you and your story, the better we’ll be able to help you get the compensation you deserve.
In addition, we’ll also provide you with regular updates on our progress while being available to answer your questions and address your concerns. It’s your accident case, and you deserve to know how we’re fighting for your rights every step of the way.
To get in touch with our legal team, dial (270) 282-0110 or 1 (800) 777-MATT, or complete a free online consultation form today. We’re ready to put our experience to work for your family.