The choices you make after an accident can affect you far into the future. Directly after the wreck happens you might be confused on what to do next and this could be a new experience for you so are uneducated on what not to do afterward. Perry & Young pray that you are never in an accident, however, if you are it would behoove you to take a little time and read this article to know exactly what to do if you ever encounter this stressful situation.
There are a lot of “what if’s” that happen after an accident; people go into panic mode with worry.
What if the police report is not written accurately according to your point of view, what if the accident is not handled correctly, what if my insurance refuses to pay, and what about my medical bills?
Perry & Young are here to answer all your questions and concerns and by representing you we will make sure that you do not have to worry about the “what if’s”.
Here is the top list of things that you should never do after falling victim to someone else’s negligence.
- Not Calling the Police
If you are involved with another driver and are involved in an accident always call the police especially if there are any damages to your property. Injuries do not always show their face until later and a police report will assist you in obtaining medical care at a later date. It is always better to be safe than sorry. The police are there to assist you in collecting important evidence and determine the cause of the accident. This will be immensely helpful when it comes time to file your insurance claim.
- Not Taking Pictures
It is very advantageous that the majority of us have cell phones with us at all times because of the camera feature. It is a particularly good idea to take as many pictures as possible providing you are not seriously injured. Take pictures of the accident, injuries, location, negligent parties license plate, any cameras that are on a building near the crash site, and skid marks. The pictures may come in handy for gathering information for the insurance company and possibly an attorney.
- Not Getting Witness Statements and Information
Many people fall short on obtaining witness names, phone numbers, and possibly a written statement. A witness statement might be the determining factor when a negligent party attempts to deny being at fault to avoid insurance and legal ramifications. It is not uncommon that a witness doesn’t have the time at the scene to write out exactly what they saw so it is perfectly fine to just get their name and number and contact them at a later date. It is best to try and obtain a written statement in a reasonable amount of time because the incident is fresh in their mind.
- Admitting Fault
Regardless of how you feel about “what happened” never admit fault after a car accident, even if you feel like you might have been a contributing factor. For example, you were changing the radio station while going through a green light and were hit by someone who ran the red light. Although it was not a good idea to be distracted by the radio ultimately the accident was not your fault. There are a vast range of emotions that flow after an accident and some people’s first reaction is to apologize- Do not do it for admits fault.
- Not Filing an Insurance Claim
Many people are concerned that their insurance will go up after an accident and do not file the claim. If you end up being responsible for the accident and there are expensive damages or injuries involved; filing with your insurance company can keep you safe from bankruptcy at a later date.
- Not Seeing Your Doctor
If you do not seek medical attention within 14 days, you could lose your PIP benefits that you pay for as part of your insurance premium. It is incredibly common for someone to “feel fine” after an accident and as time goes on, they notice spasms or strains in the body as a direct result of being in an accident.
Perry & Young can help you get the most from your insurance claim and assist you in obtaining the compensation that is due to you. Call us for a free consultation 850-215-7777 and also visit us on our Facebook Page.
Have you suffered an injury through the actions of another person or entity? You might consider filing a personal injury lawsuit to hold them accountable. Many of those that have been injured don’t realize you have only so much time file a lawsuit from the date of injury. But how long will it take to see results if you do decide to file a personal injury lawsuit?
Keep reading for a quick breakdown of the typical personal injury lawsuit timeline so you know.
A Breakdown of the Typical Personal Injury Lawsuit Timeline
Are you interested in the personal injury lawsuit process? Here are the four main steps.
1. Hire a Lawyer to Negotiate Before Filing a Lawsuit
The first step in a personal injury lawsuit is to hire a lawyer to review your claim. They may try to settle your case with the accused party before filing the lawsuit. Most lawyers will not take on a case unless you have reached the point of maximum medical improvement (MMI), or when you’ve recovered as much as you can.
2. Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit and Discovery
If your lawyer cannot negotiate a settlement, they will file the lawsuit and begin the discovery process. It is the process of collecting evidence to defend or refute a lawsuit.
Discovery involves the sending and answering of interrogatories as well as depositions. This can take between 6 months and 1 year.
3. Mediation and Negotiation
Once the discovery process ends, your lawyer will attempt to negotiate a settlement again. Your lawyer may try doing it lawyer-to-lawyer or through a court-appointed mediator.
4. Trial and Settlement
If you cannot come to an agreement during mediation, then your personal injury case will go to trial. The trial itself can last anywhere from a day up to a few weeks. It depends on how soon you can get your case before a judge and how many times it gets rescheduled.
After you reach a settlement agreement, you will receive your settlement funds in a lump sum or as a part of structured settlements. Talk with your attorney to figure out what’s your best option.
How Long Does a Personal Injury Lawsuit Take?
Once you understand the personal injury lawsuit process, you can estimate how long it will take for the suit to finish. Most personal injury lawsuits take anywhere from a few months up to a couple of years to resolve. That’s if no other problems prolong the process.
The three most common reasons a personal injury claim will take longer than expected are:
- Difficulty proving liability and damages
- Cases that involve a large amount of money
- The plaintiff has not reached the point of MMI
If you know your case will involve any of these issues, expect it to take a least 6 months longer than a standard personal injury suit. Dealing with a lawsuit is never easy, especially when you’re hurt. Hire an attorney that is well equipped with the experience and reputation you need to get the results you deserve.
Perry & Young is a nationally recognized personal injury, car accident, & commercial trucking accident law firm that has cultivated a reputation for our ability to successfully resolve even the most challenging cases. Over 35 years of experience, our award-winning team has secured multi-millions in numerous verdicts and settlements for clients across Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and all over the country. Learn more about our services, your potential case and rights, and how we can help by calling (850) 215-7777 for a FREE consultation.
Key Things You Need to Know If You Have Been Involved In a Car Accident
- Always stop if you are involved in an accident, this is your legal obligation. Even if you do not think there was any damage, any time you collide with something, you need to stop your car and check damages to property and/or people.
- Never admit responsibility for the accident no matter what. Your insurance policy is a contract, and your contract for your insurance with your car insurance company states that you must not assume responsibility or liability under these circumstances. If you expect the insurance company to take care of your claim, let them do the talking.
- Determine the Extent of Damage or Injuries. Check to see if anyone needs urgent medical care. If you can, try not to move the vehicles unless they are causing a major problem with traffic. If possible, wait for the police before moving anything.
- Contact the Police. Even in a minor accident, it is important to make sure there is a legal accident report. Read more about how to file a police report when you have a car accident in the article “Your Accident and the Police”.
- Limit Your Conversation about the Accident with the Other Party. It is important to limit your discussion of the accident and not to admit any fault or liability. You should only talk about the accident with the police, medical professionals and your insurance representative.
- Get the Facts of Your Car Accident. This is the part most people know to do but often forget due to the stress of the accident. It is important to get names, addresses, and phone numbers of everyone involved in the accident. A description of the car and license plate number can also be helpful, but make sure you also get their insurance company and the vehicle identification number of their car. Don’t just assume the license plate number will do because most insurance companies only record the type of car and the vehicle identification number, not just the license plate number.
- Use Your Mobile Phone to Take Photos at a Car Accident. With most people having access to mobile phones, and cameras on the mobile phone, as well as insurance companies allowing you to submit claims information using apps or email, you may consider taking photos. This is especially useful for property damage images, images of the positioning of the cars, where they were on the street, etc.
- Contact Your Lawyer then your Insurance Company. Call your attorney before calling your agent or insurance company’s emergency claims number. If you can call them from the scene, it may be even more useful. Sometimes a police officer can give your attorney information that may be helpful. When contacting your insurance company make sure your attorney knows. Do not sign anything with your insurance company before talking with an attorney. The insurance company may ask you questions that can be used against you at a later date. If you tell them today you are not injured they may deny any future medical claim. You have 14 days to seek medical assistance after a car accident. It is always best for those in the accident to be checked out ASAP and at the very least within that time period. Your attorney will be your voice with the insurance company. Let them do the talking for you.
Perry & Young is a nationally recognized personal injury, medical malpractice and property damage firm that has cultivated a reputation for our ability to successfully resolve even the most challenging cases. Over 35 years of experience, our award-winning team has secured multi-millions in numerous verdicts and settlements for clients across Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and the country. Learn more about our services, your potential case and rights, and how we can help by calling (850) 215-7777 for a FREE consultation.
Toyota Motor Corp’s logo is pictured on a car in Tokyo, Japan, November 8, 2016. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
Toyota recalls 1.7 million vehicles worldwide over air bag inflators
By David Shepardson
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T) said Wednesday it is recalling another 1.7 million vehicles worldwide for potentially faulty Takata air bag inflators as part of a multi-year industry recall campaign announced in 2016.
Automakers are adding about 10 million vehicle inflators in the United States to what was already the largest-ever recall campaign in history. Last week, Ford Motor Co said it was recalling 953,000 vehicles worldwide for Takata inflators. Previously, 37 million U.S. vehicles with 50 million inflators were recalled and 16.7 million inflators remain to be replaced.
At least 23 deaths worldwide have been linked to the rupturing of faulty Takata air bag inflators, including 15 in the United States.
Toyota’s new recall relates to vehicles from the 2010 through 2015 model years, and includes 1.3 million vehicles in the United States.
More than 290 injuries worldwide have been linked to Takata inflators that could explode, spraying metal shrapnel inside cars and trucks. In total, 19 automakers are recalling more than 100 million potentially faulty inflators worldwide.
To date, 21 deaths have been reported in Honda Motor Co (7267.T) vehicles and two in Ford vehicles. Both automakers have urged some drivers of older vehicles not to drive them until the inflators are replaced.
The defect led Takata to file for bankruptcy protection in June 2017. In April, auto components maker Key Safety Systems completed a $1.6 billion deal to acquire Takata. The merged company, known as Joyson Safety Systems, is a subsidiary of Ningbo Joyson Electronic Corp (600699.SS).
Automakers in the United States repaired more than 7.2 million defective Takata air bag inflators in 2018 as companies ramped up efforts to track down parts in need of replacement, according to a report released last month.
Copyright and Reporting by David Shepardson, Editing by Franklin Paul and Bernadette Baum
Perry & Young
is a nationally recognized personal injury, medical malpractice and property damage firm that has cultivated a reputation for our ability to successfully resolve even the most challenging cases. Over 35 years of experience, our award-winning team has secured multi-millions in numerous verdicts and settlements for clients across Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and the country. Learn more about our services, your potential case and rights, and how we can help by calling (850) 215-7777 for a FREE consultation.