Auto accident injuries: Know your rights
Auto accidents are among the leading causes of injury and death in the United States. Often, driver negligence is to blame and victims can experience life-changing effects such as physical injury, mental hardships, lost wages and expensive medical bills. Victims of accidents may feel overwhelmed, but by working with an auto accident lawyer, those affected by the accident can begin to heal while experienced attorneys focus on the legal aspects of the accident.
Dale E. Anstine, Personal Injury Attorneys in York, PA, can help
The personal injury experts at Dale E. Anstine in York, PA have helped thousands of accident victims get the compensation they deserve. We will work hard for you and have the knowledge and experience to take on the big insurance companies. Our auto accident lawyers have years of experience and will help to protect your rights while seeking the compensation you deserve. We have handled a variety of car and auto accident cases including:
- No-Fault Accidents
- Bodily Injury Claims
- Drunk Driving Accidents
- Uninsured and Underinsured Motorists
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Insurance Claims
- Wrongful Death
- Mechanical Errors and Issues
- Highway Defects
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Pennsylvania auto accident law is complex, and it can often be difficult dealing with insurance companies after an accident occurs. If you or someone you love has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, it is important to act quickly and seek legal advice to protect your rights. Contact Dale E. Anstine today for your free consultation with an attorney specializing in auto accidents in the York, Gettysburg and Hanover areas.
What to do after an accident
When individuals are involved in a car accident – especially when there are injuries – it may be difficult to remember what to do. If you are involved in an accident, it’s important to keep the following in mind at the scene of the auto accident and in the days that follow:
- Stay at the scene
Even if you and another driver merely tap bumpers, it is important to stay at the scene until all issues are resolved and the authorities have dismissed you from the accident. Oftentimes, drivers involved in what seems like a minor car accident are taken by surprise days later when the insurance company of the other driver starts seeking compensation. Drivers who leave the scene of serious accidents can be charged with hit-and-run as well. When you are in an accident, take a breath and stay on the scene.
- Stay safe and call authorities
If you are in an accident, immediately put on your flashers and, if you have them in the vehicle, set up flares. These will help to prevent further accidents. In addition, call the police, even if there aren’t serious injuries. The police can assist you and the other drivers involved in investigating the cause or potential cause of the auto accident and dispatch medical help to the scene.
- Take pictures
Keeping an accurate record of the car accident will provide critical information if you file an injury case and will be a resource for use in communicating with your insurance company. Take photos of the damaged vehicle(s), the road and intersections, and take photos of injuries that may have resulted from the accident. Accurate documentation is important for any legal case that may arise.
- Exchange information
Police officers will typically collect all relevant information from drivers involved in a car accident; however, if the police do not respond immediately, it is important to exchange information so your insurance company can process any claims accurately. You should also collect the names, addresses and telephone numbers of not only the other driver, but any passengers in the vehicle.
- Report the accident
After an accident, it is important to notify your insurance company immediately. Some insurers require that notification happen immediately and full cooperation is mandatory. Your insurance agent should help you through the process and be available to answer any questions you may have about your policy and your coverage. You should not, however, sign anything from the insurance company until you consult an attorney. Many drivers do not understand what is and is not covered by his or her policy. Have you evaluated your coverage lately? Be sure to ask your agent if you have full-tort or limited-tort and what the difference is between the two. Read more about car insurance coverage on our blog.
- Seek medical attention
Even if your accident was minor, it is important to seek medical attention. Sometimes discomfort or pain occurs a day or two after an accident. If you are seriously injured, do not refuse medical attention on the scene, and seek medical attention at an emergency room. In addition to obvious injuries like lacerations and broken bones, auto accidents can also affect the spinal cord and brain. Be sure to protect your health by seeking medical attention.
- Consult an auto accident attorney
Knowing your rights after a car accident can be confusing, as Pennsylvania auto accident law is complex. If you are unsure of what to do next and how to proceed, contact an experienced personal injury attorney so he or she can fight for your right to compensation. At Dale E. Anstine, our attorneys are ready to help you navigate the complex legal system after a car accident. We are available 24/7 and will even visit you at home or in the hospital after your accident. You deserve an attorney who is on your side. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation.