There are some things that people should do, and not do, after an automobile accident. First, check to see if anyone is injured and needs help. If so, call 911 and wait for help. Next, it may be possible that someone is injured and not know it. Whiplash injuries are very common and may not develop for a day or two. That’s one reason not to discuss injuries with anyone after an accident. Get examined by a doctor before relaying any information to the insurance company.
Beware that the liable party’s insurance company is not your friend. They are looking for any reason to offer a low settlement in your claim and will try to take advantage of your naivete. That’s one reason to hire a Car Accident Injury Attorney in Birmingham AL. The attorney takes over discussions and negotiations with the insurance company. Twelve states in the U.S. are so-called, no-fault states. All drivers are required to have Personal Injury Protection insurance or (PIP.) The driver’s insurance company must pay their damages no matter who is at fault. Additionally, individuals are not allowed to file civil suits for personal injury unless their injuries are severe. Each of the twelve states have their own definition of a “severe” injury. Of course, severe injuries include those that result in death, permanent disfigurement or permanent disability.
People who don’t live in a no-fault state may want to file a civil suit if they can’t reach a settlement. Frequently, insurance companies fail to negotiate in good faith. They may not offer enough money to pay for medical bills. The Car Accident Injury Attorney in Birmingham AL will advise clients whether or not they should sue. To learn more, visit the attorney’s website, go to the section about car accidents and Click here. Victims need to recover for pain and suffering, the experience of the accident, medical bills and lost wages. In some instances, the lawyer may seek punitive damages. Trust the attorney because they have experience in knowing what type of settlement to expect. Further, they are not afraid to sue to make sure clients are adequately compensated.