Accidents on our Nation's roadways are a serious threat to the
traveling public and are the leading cause of death for those under the age of
thirty-four. Annually, over 40,000 people are killed in approximately five
million motor vehicle accidents, many involving teen car accidents. In 2003
alone, nearly 43,000 people died in highway accidents nationwide. That equates
to over 115 fatalities per day. The economic costs of these accidents is
staggering, over $150 billion per year. Unfortunately, during your lifetime you
are likely to be involved in at least one auto accident. You should know what to
do in order to protect yourself and your legal rights.
First, call the police (and
paramedics if necessary). It is imperative that the police report is accurate
and that it reflects your recollection of the events. If you happen to have a
camera, try to photograph the scene prior to moving the vehicles (only if safe
to do so). Additionally, someone should interview all witnesses and record their
comments. Such interviews should be completed as soon as possible because witnesses' memories fade with time. Your attorney may
hire a professional investigator to sift through the paperwork and determine
insurance information and other mundane facts. In preparing your case, your
attorney may find it helpful to diagram the scene, noting the traffic, weather
and pavement conditions at the time of the accident. Try to accurately record as
much of this information as possible.
As far as your injuries are concerned, you should seek medical attention as soon
as possible. If treatment is delayed, the Defendant may argue that it was not
his negligent driving that caused your injury, but rather something that
occurred between the time of the accident and your visit to the doctor.
Please keep in mind that there
are time limits within which you must commence
Please contact us to evaluate
your case free of charge. Remember, you pay no costs or fees until we recover
money for you.
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