Whether you’re injured in a car accident, truck accident, or slip and fall, your case is important.
We can help you through the chaos and confusion that typically follows an accident and make sure that you get the compensation you deserve!
Being in an accident is stressful to all involved. After exchanging personal contact and insurance information with the other party, what should you do next? Perhaps the accident was serious enough to warrant calling the police.
First, you need to make sure that both you and your passengers access your injuries. Please remember that many soft tissue injuries may not be apparent until a day or two or even a week later. If you are in doubt, please either go to the emergency room or see your doctor. With an automobile accident, it is always better to be safe than sorry.
Next, you will need to assess the damage to your vehicle and any items you had in the vehicle. When in doubt, take it to the dealership or collision repair shop for a thorough inspection. Many problems are not immediately apparent.
You should go ahead and contact your insurance company. It doesn’t matter who was at fault. Contacting your insurance company with your version of the incident will keep the other driver from making baseless claims against your insurance.
If an accident report was filed by the police, you need to obtain a copy of this report for your insurance company and your attorney, should you decide you need one. The next step is to go ahead and report it to the other driver’s insurance company. The other driver’s insurance company will not authorize a rental vehicle (should you need one) until they hear from their driver. Contacting them immediately will speed things up.
Depending on the circumstances, you might be tempted to handle this yourself. However, there are too many times when you will regret not hiring or at least consulting with a personal injury (PI) attorney.
Our office offers a free consultation. This meeting usually last 30 to 45 minutes and allows you to ask many questions. We will examine your case and give you an honest opinion.
In many cases, once the other driver’s insurance company realizes that an attorney is involved, they are more willing to settle out-of-court and make you a fair offer for the damage to your vehicle and to adequately compensate you for your injuries, lost wages, loss of value to your vehicle, and your pain and suffering. The more serious the injuries to you or your passengers, the more imperative it is to at least consult with an attorney.
With our firm assisting you with your claim, the other driver’s insurance company will take your claim more seriously and they will respond promptly to our requests for payments. We will ensure that you do not finalize the claim until you are sure that we have addressed any problems due to the accident. We will handle your case on a contingency basis. This means that you will not owe us any legal fees until your case is closed. If we lose your case, you pay us nothing in legal fees.
If you are in an accident, The Law Office of Dale Richardson, LLC can help. Contact us as soon as possible to help you evaluate your unique situation.