What to Expect After a Car Accident

3-19-24-cartoon-accidentOver 2,000,000 people are injured in motor vehicle accidents each year. Further, the average driver will file a claim with their insurance company for a car crash once just about every 18 years. With statistics such as these, everyone needs to know what they should expect if they are in a car accident.

Immediately following a collision, it is important to:

  1. Relocate your vehicle to somewhere safe. If it is feasible, move your vehicle to the side, out of the way of other traffic, to avoid the risk of any additional injuries.
  2. Determine if you need emergency medical attention. Take a moment to assess if you or any other passengers were injured and if needed, seek emergency medical attention.
  3. Call the police. It is important to call the police to the scene of an accident to have the incident documented. The police will report what happened, where and when the accident took place, who was involved, and any other details that they may deem important such as witness information.
  4. Document the scene with pictures or videos. Take pictures of the scene, vehicles involved, any injuries, and any important information such as insurance cards.
  5. Contact your insurance company. If you do not notify your insurance company right away you could potentially lose your insurance coverage.
  6. Call The Dietrich Law Firm P.C. Jed and his dedicated staff will make sure that you do not miss any important time deadlines that can prevent you from getting the proper compensation that you deserve.

Once you call the Dietrich Law Firm P.C., we will help you to fill out and submit any important forms that you will need to complete within a time deadline. These forms often include:

  1. No-Fault Claim Form (NF-2) within 30 days of the accident;
  2. Accident Report Form (MV-104) within 10 days of the accident;
  3. Disability Benefits Claim Form (DB-450) within 30 days of your disability;
  4. Employer Wage Verification Form (NF-6) within 90 days of the accident; and
  5. Notice and Proof of Claim for Disability Benefits Form by Unemployed Claimant Form (DB-300) within 30 days of your disability.

Mistakes that could affect your potential claim:

  1. Waiting too long to seek treatment for your injuries: You should seek treatment and documentation as soon as possible so that you can prove that the crash caused your injuries.
  2. Failing to file a police report or notify your insurance company: A police report will ensure all of the details of the accident have been documented and determine who is at fault. Notifying your insurance will ensure you do not lose coverage.
  3. Trusting insurance companies: Insurance companies do not have your best interests in mind. They may try to underpay you for your injuries and even try to deny your claims.
  4. Accepting money for your claim before consulting an attorney: Once you accept a settlement offer from an insurance company you will not be able to receive any further compensation. Be sure to consult with an expert to make sure you are getting compensated enough for your injuries.

If you were injured in a car accident that was not your fault, contact the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. at 716-839-3939. Jed Dietrich, Esq. and his dedicated team of personal injury car accident attorneys will do everything they can to make the process easier for you and always put your best interests first.

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