More than 30,000 people are killed in motor vehicle accidents in this country every year, and millions more are injured in the same types of vehicle crashes.
If you or a family member suffered injuries in a car accident that you didn’t cause, then you may be entitled to compensation. The same may be true if a car wreck damaged your property.
Since you may not know how all the right steps to take in the moments after the accident, the best strategy is to make sure you have as much information as possible so we can handle your case efficiently and get you the compensation you deserve. It is critically important that we help you secure the proper evidence following a motor vehicle accident before it become lost or forgotten.
First, you need to file a police report. Then document everything you remember about the accident. Take pictures. Do this as soon after the accident as possible. If your injuries are serious and you are unable to act on your own behalf, have someone take care of these tasks for you. Get accounts from eyewitnesses or provide us with their names and contact information so we can talk to them later.
Try to find out if the other driver was distracted by a GPS device, cell phone or a passenger in their car. Was he or she under the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs, or over-the-counter or prescription medications? Did the other driver exceed the speed limit, run a red light, or fall asleep at the wheel? Did the car’s brakes or other mechanical components fail? Was the person on the job at the time of the wreck?
Sometimes this information only comes out in our investigation, but if you happen to hear it mentioned at the accident scene or in later conversations, it is essential that you share it with us.
Damages that are typically awarded in car wreck cases are designed to cover your medical costs, pain and suffering, temporary or permanent impairments, and any wages you have lost or might lose in the future. If the other driver’s behavior was especially careless, then you may be entitled to additional compensation.
If you or a loved one has been in a car wreck, please contact us at the Law Offices of Steven C. Laird to learn more about your rights.