Car Accidents - FAQs
In an effort to help you as much as possible, we have compiled some of our clients' most frequently asked questions. Feel free to browse through them and visit related pages for more detailed information.
Please note that some of the topics are closely related, so you might want to check different categories while looking for answers.
- I’ve been in a car accident – what should I do first?
- I was involved on a car accident last Saturday where I was hit from the rear. I haven’t received any medical attention. What should I do?
- Should I call the police after an accident?
- Should I admit fault for the accident?
- I don’t feel injured – do I have to see a doctor?
- What if my injuries keep me from working?
- What if my car is totaled?
- Who is responsible for car repair costs?
- Do I have a time limit to recover for injuries against other parties?
- When should I hire a lawyer?
- If I file a personal injury claim, will I have to go to court?
I’ve been in a car accident – what should I do first?
There are several steps you should take immediately following a car accident:
- Call an ambulance if anyone is injured;
- If possible (and necessary), move your vehicle away from oncoming traffic to avoid any additional accidents;
- Call the police to file an official police report, especially if any of the following are involved:
- Significant property damage.
- Serious bodily injury.
- Obtain information from the other party and any witnesses and collect any evidence, such as:
- Contact information (addresses, telephone numbers, etc.).
- Insurance information.
- License plate numbers.
- Each vehicle's make, model, year, and color,
- Each vehicle's registration number,
- Each driver's license number,
- Statements from any willing witnesses, and/or
- Police report
AND photos of:
- All vehicle damage,
- All physical injuries, and
- Any evidence that shows road and/or weather conditions.
It is important to gather this information as quickly as possible. Over time, wounds, road conditions, and traffic sites will change and may adversely affect the outcome of your case.
I was involved on a car accident last Saturday where I was hit from the rear. I haven’t received any medical attention. What should I do?
If you would like to pursue a personal injury claim because you were not at fault, it is important that you seek treatment within 14 days. If you do not seek treatment within those 14 days, you will not be able to bring a claim against the other driver’s insurance company. You do not need a lawyer to seek the treatment within that 14 days, you should seek the treatment and if you would like to contact us, we will get you in as soon as possible and we can start that process. There are no upfront fees or cost for you to retain our office.
Should I call the police after an accident?
Call the police if there is:
- Significant property damage,
- Serious bodily injury, and/or
These are the most important scenarios during which you will need police assistance.
Also note that, unless you're seriously injured and must be transported to a hospital immediately, you must not leave the scene of the accident (often called a “hit-and-run") without handling the necessary steps with law enforcement or the other party involved.
Should I admit fault for the accident?
No, never admit fault for an auto accident. While you may believe you are at fault for the accident, you may not be aware of all the facts and circumstances that were at play. Fault will be determined upon further investigation. Back to Car Accident FAQs
I don’t feel injured – do I have to see a doctor?
For purposes of your health and any insurance claims you file, it's best to always seek medical attention, then legal help, as soon as possible following a car crash. A doctor may recognize injuries, sometimes serious, that are not apparent to you and are eligible for claims. The charges for a doctor visit and medical treatment may be covered by your insurance. It's not recommended that you settle claims from an accident until a doctor has seen you and advised you about the extent of your injuries. Back to Car Accident FAQs
What if my injuries keep me from working?
Generally, personal injury attorneys take lost wages due to injury into account when filing suits against insurance companies.
Be sure to keep records of specific dates you missed work and the amount of money you lost.
If you are able to work despite your injuries, keep records of any money you paid for commuting to work if your car was totaled. Back to Car Accident FAQs
What if my car is totaled?
Usually, an insurance company will deem a vehicle a total loss (or “totaled”) if the cost to repair the vehicle exceeds a certain percentage of the vehicle's worth.
At this point, your insurance company should pay you a check based on the market value of your vehicle before the accident.
Once you've received your payment, you can discuss options with your insurance company, a trusted mechanic, or even your state's motor vehicle department on what to do with the physical vehicle. Back to Car Accident FAQs
Who is responsible for car repair costs?
Generally, the insurance company of the party at fault is responsible for paying car repair costs. However, some factors could muddy those waters.
For example, if fault isn't yet determined, you can file a claim with your own insurance company. After determining the other party was at fault, your insurance company might file for reimbursement Back to Car Accident FAQs
Do I have a time limit to recover for injuries against other parties?
Each state has its own statute of limitations (a law that determines the timeframe during which you can take legal action). Hiring an accident attorney can help you navigate that timeframe. These time limits vary for each type of claim brought. Even within one type of claim, time limits vary for different aspects. Time limits vary as short as 14 days to recover for emergency medical bills (ambulance rides). Back to Car Accident FAQs
When should I hire a lawyer?
While you should consider hiring an accident attorney if there's severe property damage and you don't feel the insurance company is fairly compensating you, you should always hire a personal injury attorney if you've been injured in an accident. Back to Car Accident FAQs
If I file a personal injury claim, will I have to go to court?
This is dependent upon you. If another driver's insurance company agrees to pay what your attorney believes your case is worth, and you wish to settle for that amount, then your case will not go to court. This is usually what occurs. Some cases do require a formal trial proceeding if you or your attorney feel you have not been compensated sufficiently. In either situation, hiring a law firm with experience in handling personal injury cases is most helpful. Back to Car Accident FAQs
Contact Our Experienced Car Accident Lawyer in Orlando
If you or someone you love is involved in a car accident in the Orlando area, an experienced personal injury attorney can guide you through the complicated process of dealing with insurance companies to obtain fair compensation for your injuries and material loss. Please call us today at (407) 502-3000 or fill out our online form. We will get back to you shortly. We have helped many clients in the past! We have a 24-hour emergency service and offer a free case evaluation. We can assist you in English, Arabic, Portuguese and Spanish.
February 22, 2019
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January 10, 2019
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January 3, 2019
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March 14, 2018
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January 5, 2018
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