What to Know Before You File a Car Accident Lawsuit
If your car accident just happened, contact us right now. We can refer you to a doctor who will provide proper treatment, keep reliable records, and be willing to testify in the event of a lawsuit. Primary care doctors often elect not to testify in lawsuits. If your accident happened a while ago and you’ve already gone through treatment, McIntyre Law can help you collect your medical records that will jumpstart your lawsuit.
You’ll have to contact your insurance company to inform them of the accident, but take their advice with a grain of salt. They aren’t necessarily trying to get the best deal for you—only you (or a lawyer working for you) will do that.
The claims process for a car accident is not always easy or fair. Even if you’re not at fault, the other driver’s insurance company will always try to compensate you as little as possible for your claim. Trying to go head-to-head with an insurance adjuster who has likely processed hundreds of cases exactly like yours is an uphill battle. That’s why a car accident lawyer is your best ally.
And, while a car accident lawsuit is the legal worst-case scenario—because, of course you would rather just have the insurance company send you a check for your losses—it is sometimes the only option for getting your damages and medical expenses covered.
Starting a lawsuit is no easy task.
You need to file specific types of papers, like petitions and summonses, and you have to file them with the right court, at the right time. Our experienced lawyers will help you.
What to Do After a Car Accident
Following a collision, the first priority should be to see if anyone has been injured. If so, call 9-1-1 immediately for medical assistance, regardless of how minor. Even if no one is believed to be injured, it’s a good idea to call 9-1-1 to get police on the scene. This is important for two reasons: First, if the accident is in traffic or could potentially cause an alteration in the traffic pattern, you need officers on hand to direct. Second, it’s important to have a police report filed for any accident, no matter how small. Even if you think that there is no damage to your vehicle, there could be damage to the interior that you can’t find on visual inspection, alone. You don’t want to find out when something isn’t working that it was the result of a collision and you have no records. Once you leave the scene of the accident, the evidence is gone forever.
Once you’ve made sure that the injured individuals are receiving the medical help they require, you then want to make sure that you are getting the proper accident information that you will need in order to file a claim. Never leave the scene of an accident (unless you’re taken to a hospital) without getting the following information:
Important information to get at the scene of a car accident:
- Names, driver’s license numbers, contact information and insurance information for every driver involved.
- Insurance information for every vehicle involved.
- Names and contact information for every witness. This can include passengers in the involved vehicles and bystanders or drivers of uninvolved vehicles.
If you suspect that any driver involved in the crash was distracted by using a mobile phone (or any other distraction) or was under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, inform the police immediately. You should tell the police officer and any medical professional exactly how you are feeling. This isn’t the time to act tough — shrugging off your injuries as “no big deal” could keep you from getting the compensation you deserve. Don’t pretend everything is fine — it’s not, all car accidents are traumatic.
If you’re reading this after you left the scene of the accident, and you didn’t do any of these things — that’s okay. Just make sure you call us right away. We handle these types of situations all the time, and we can help get things back on track for you.
The Statute of Limitations for Car Accident Lawsuits
The statute of limitations for filing a car accident lawsuit varies from state to state. Most states give you a least a year—but you shouldn’t wait another minute to contact us if you’ve been in a car accident. The best time to assess your injuries is in the hours and days immediately after the accident. How will a doctor testify to the agony you felt from the accident if they don’t see you until a month later? Will you have the right type of records, including photo evidence, that are admissible in court? The sooner you seek legal assistance, the stronger your case will be.
What compensation can I get from a car accident lawsuit?
The courts decide how much compensation is awarded in a car accident lawsuit. It won’t just be the damage to your car and your medical bills. Fair compensation includes all of the ways the accident affects your life after the accident. Compensation types include:
- Medical bills
- Lost work time
- Future living expenses
Working with McIntyre Law
At McIntyre Law, we know first-hand how a serious car accident can change a person’s life in an instant. You deserve compensation for the suffering you endure and the impact on your family. When you work with McIntyre Law, you’re getting an experienced team of law professionals who want to make sure you’re equally represented in your car accident lawsuit.
Do you have a case for a car accident lawsuit?
If you are suffering from car accident injuries — even if it’s months after the accident happened — don’t think twice about calling us. We’re experts at these situations and can quickly help you understand whether you’re eligible to file a lawsuit.
If you aren’t getting what you deserve from the insurance companies — call us. We can deal with them and get you fair compensation. We aren’t going to waste your time, or drag you into a case we don’t think you can win. We’ll respect your time and give you advice that helps.
What is a contingency fee?
When a lawyer works on a “contingency fee” basis, they’re agreeing to accept a fixed percentage of any monetary rewards from your lawsuit to cover their legal fees. If there are no rewards from your car accident lawsuit, you don’t pay the lawyer. We get paid if, and only if, you do.
Meet our Car Accident Attorneys
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Common Types of Car Accidents
No two car accidents are the same. Here are the types of collisions that often lead to victims receiving compensation.
Some common types of car accidents are:
- Side-Impact Collisions
- Single Car Accidents
- Car vs Bicycle
- Commercial or Company Vehicle Accidents
- Distracted Driving
- Car vs Motorcycle
- Drunk Driving Accidents
- Hit and Run Accidents
- Multiple-Vehicle Crashes/Pileups
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Uninsured/Underinsured (UM/UIM) Motorists
- Rear End Collisions
- T-Bone Collisions
- Vehicle Rollover
- Speeding Collisions
Types of Car Accident Injuries
The aftereffects of a car accident can be as bad—or worse—than the pain you feel right away. Serious car accidents can cause catastrophic injuries. But even if you walk away from a bad accident, you should contact an attorney in case injuries appear later.
Some common injuries that result from car accidents and result in compensation are:
- Meniscus tears
- Hip fractures
- Bruised abdominal organs
- Sprained or broken bones
- Strained muscles
- Disk injuries
- Partial or full vision loss
- Facial fractures
- Eye injuries
- Post-traumatic stress disorder