You hurt all over, your car is wrecked from an accident, and the insurance adjuster wants a statement. What do you do? The lawyers at Lawton & Cates, S.C. have the automobile accident experience to guide you through this difficult time.We Can Help.
We can help with your property damage from a car accident to make sure you get fair value for your car, not what the insurance company wants to pay.
- We can help get your health insurance to pay your medical bills after the car accident
- We can help with creditors involved in the accident
- We can help with the adjuster from the insurance company
- We can help get you the settlement you deserve
What to Do If You Are in an Accident
Do Not Leave the scene of the automobile accident
Wisconsin law requires the driver of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in personal injury, death, or property damage to stop his/her vehicle at the scene of the car accident.
Assist the Injured
Check for injured persons. If some is seriously injured, call 911 and request emergency aid. Make the injured person comfortable, but do not move the person unless you are skilled in giving emergency care, or it is absolutely necessary to avoid further injury.
Warn Other Drivers
Make every effort to warn other drivers of the accident to prevent additional car accidents. At night, use available flares, reflectors or flashlights.
Call the Police
Wisconsin law requires the driver of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in personal injury, death, or property damage of $500 or more, $200 for government property, to immediately notify the local police department, sheriff, or highway patrol of the car accident. Failure to report an automobile accident may result in your driver's license being revoked.
Even if there are no apparent personal injuries, it is a good idea to call the police immediately. Injuries often show up later, and it is important that the police investigate the accident promptly. Report any injuries you have. If you do not request an investigation, you may seriously damage your chances of obtaining full compensation or may be blamed for an accident that was not your fault.
Assist Law Enforcement Officers
Remain at the scene, unless injured, until the police arrive. Cooperate with the officer by relating the basic facts of the car accident. Explain what happened. Be complete and accurate.
Identify the Other Drivers
Obtain the other driver's name, address, and license plate number. Ask to see the other driver's license. Wisconsin law requires the exchange of this information after a automobile accident. It is a good idea to get the other driver's insurance information.
Obtain Names and Telephone Numbers of Witnesses
Often, by the time the police arrive at the accident scene, witnesses to the crash may be gone. You should try to get the names, addresses, and phone numbers of any witnesses to the accident. Witnesses to the accident may have valuable information in the event there is a dispute as to who is at fault.
Go to the Doctor If You Are Hurt
If you believe that you were injured in the accident, go to the nearest emergency room or to your family doctor as soon as possible to have the injuries treated by a healthcare professional. In order to insure proper medical treatment, be sure to disclose all injuries to the doctor, no matter how minor. Be sure to follow the doctor's orders and get follow up treatment, as necessary.
Select a Lawyer Who Knows the Law
If the other driver is at fault for the car accident, you have a right to receive compensation for your injuries and property damage. The insurance adjuster will want to settle the case as soon as possible, and before you get an attorney. Be cautious of settling your case in these circumstances. Once you sign the release, you cannot go back later if you are hurt worse than you originally thought.
No settlement should be made until you know the extent and nature of your injuries. The law in Wisconsin gives you three years from the date of the accident to resolve your claims resulting from an automobile accident, longer if you are a minor. You have plenty of time to get the treatment you need, and resolve your case.
You need a lawyer that is experienced in the area of car accident injuries. The issues can be complex and mistakes can cost you a lot of money. You need an attorney that understands the relationship between car accidents, health insurance, disability insurance, ERISA, liability insurance, uninsured/underinsured motorist insurance, and you. The interplay of all of these factors can mean a huge difference in your settlement.