Being involved in a serious auto accident a terrifying experience. Cincinnati accident attorney Donald C. Moore, Jr. has the insight of a former insurance claims adjuster and a true understanding of the common tactics that insurance companies use to minimize their liability. From the very beginning, insurance companies will try to elicit admissions to pay innocent victims the smallest claim amounts possible. Car wrecks involving an 18-wheeler or semi-truck often involve multiple parties, from the driver to the trucking company to the insurance company, and those parties will attempt to evade responsibility for the truck accident. If you have sustained injuries in a serious auto accident, call The Moore Law Firm at your earliest opportunity to protect your right to justice.
What to Do at the Scene of a Car Accident
The first action to take if you have been involved in a car or truck accident is to call 911, if you are able. Personal safety first! Get away from traffic and make sure your injuries, or those of others, do not present immediate danger. If possible, leave the cars in the original positions until the police arrive, unless they are causing a safety hazard.
Seek medical assessment immediately, even if you think you do not need it. After an accident, you may not recognize your injuries, as adrenalin acts as a natural painkiller. Furthermore, even slight head trauma can lead to concussions, and the secondary inflammation of a concussion can cause traumatic brain injury in the aftermath of an accident. If you choose not to receive treatment from emergency medical technicians immediately following the accident, make an appointment to see your regular doctor for a thorough check-up at once.
Do not confess to causing the accident or apologize after a car accident.
Remember, a serious auto accident may have numerous causes. This is not the time to admit fault to anyone; just relay the facts as you know them to the responding police officers. Provide your account of how the accident happened, and take notes for your own personal records describing how the accident happened, the names and contact information for any witnesses and the makes and license numbers of any vehicles involved. Take photos! Use your cell phone or other camera. If you are unable to do these things, ask someone else to do them for you.
Keep a Journal
After the accident, keep a daily journal to describe your level of physical and emotional pain and discomfort. Point out certain milestones, such as when you are able to bathe yourself without assistance or when you sleep through an entire night in your own bed. It is important to keep track of how your symptoms and recovery progress, and it is important to do so as it happens – you may not remember later on when answering questions at a deposition or at trial.
Seek Legal Representation After an Auto Accident
After the accident, do not speak with the other driver’s insurance company. A claims agent will attempt to get you to admit fault, and the insurance company will use your conversations against you. Never speak with an insurance claims agent without your own attorney present. Our experienced Cincinnati car accident attorneys are prepared to represent your interests and protect your rights.