There are around 16 million car accidents in the United States every year. According to the Center for Disease Control, the U.S. has the highest number of deaths as a result of car accidents than any other high-income country in the world. Many of these fatalities involve the driver and passenger(s) travelling in the same vehicle. Often times, people who are related to the driver/passenger(s), who die or are injured due to an accident, do not know how to manage the situation. Of course, getting the injured person or themselves (if they are hurt) medical attention should be the priority, however, there still remains a lot that people are confused after their loved one is affected by a car accident. A parent, spouse, guardian, sibling or any other person whose loved one has been hurt or has lost their life as a result of a car accident has an important duty to handle, the legal matters related to the accident (if there is no one else present or specified for that). From reporting to the police, reaching out to the insurance provider on time to getting all the paperwork ready for the insurance and/or legal representation, an accident victim’s loved one can really help in getting the compensation that they truly deserve.
Your presence is the first thing needed
If your loved one is hurt in a car accident and you are asked for help, try your best to get to your loved one as soon as you can. They may be stranded on the highway, taken to a hospital in an ambulance or maybe just confused after the collision, your presence can help sort things out. People who are in major accidents often end up hurt and confused. Your presence can give them support and help them get connected to the right resources such as their insurance provider, a hauling away service or even their lawyer.
Notify the Insurance Provider if your Loved One Cannot
Sometimes people are so hurt in an accident they cannot function properly for days or even weeks. This means that they cannot contact their insurance provider. If you have access to their insurance provider’s contact details, inform them about the accident and ask what needs to be done next.
Be Cautious of the Insurance Adjusters
If the other driver was responsible for the accident/injury/death of your loved one, their insurance provider will be calling you for a settlement or a statement. Make sure you do not provide them with any statement that they can use against you. If they ask you for any kind of statement or evidence or any paperwork, do not provide anything on the spot, tell them you will get back to them in a few days. Use that time to consult a personal injury attorney, who can guide you on the best path to take forward.
Get legal representation as soon as possible
Many loved ones of those who get hurt in an accident, waste time with insurance providers or insurance adjusters to get, what they think, is the best compensation. In fact, they might be risking a lot by not seeking a strong personal injury attorney. The sooner you contact a lawyer, the sooner they can start investigating the collision, your loved one’s injury/death and will start collecting evidence on your behalf. Moreover, once you have an attorney, the insurance provider/adjuster will have to communicate through the attorney’s office, which means that the chances of you making a wrong or compromised move is significantly reduced.
If your loved one has been affected by a vehicle accident in Texas and is not in a condition to handle post-accident responsibilities, you should immediately take responsibility and contact a car accident attorney. Rad Law Firm has dedicated and experienced attorneys who understand how traumatizing car accidents can be for the family and friends of the victim. Unlike many law firms, we answer our own phones and you will always be able to speak with a lawyer at our firm who is knowledgeable about your case. We are available to talk today for FREE and won’t make you jump through hoops to understand what’s going on. We know that this is likely your first experience dealing with the auto accident injury process, and we want to make this as simple and straightforward as possible. Contact us today for a free consultation.