Answers To Common Car Accident Questions
At Dawkins & Gowens Law Firm, we represent men and women struggling with injuries to themselves or loved ones after car accidents. This is a difficult time for people, and they are especially vulnerable. Since 1985, we have answered the questions of our clients about every aspect of the car accident process. Below are a few of the most often asked questions.
What steps should I take after an Oklahoma City car accident?
After any car accident, the most important thing for you to do is seek medical attention. Even minor aches and pains are possible symptoms of much more serious issues, but you may not know that without medical testing. Additionally, medical records are a major component of the legal process for compensation. You will not recover anything for your injuries without clear, comprehensive medical records.
While you get medical treatment, other work needs to happen. You must:
- File a police report
- Get pictures of the accident scene
- Get information from witnesses
- Gather any physical evidence that may be necessary
In most cases, this may not necessarily be your responsibility. You may engage someone you trust to take these actions. If you do not take steps to do this immediate documentation, it may never happen.
After you’ve received treatment, gathered evidence, it is time to file a claim with insurance, but that is the most complicated part of the whole process.
What should I tell the insurance company?
This is a fine line to walk. In many cases, speaking to an insurance company without representation may lead to unintended consequences for you and your case. But there may still be a need to speak with the insurer at times. A wise strategy is to be brief and factual.
Offering opinions and answering follow-up questions that require any sort of speculation can, in turn, complicate your claims process. Once you’ve engaged the services of a lawyer, they will take on the questions from the insurance company.
What should I do about my medical bills?
If you were in an accident that was not your fault, the insurer of the other party should cover your bills. However, insurance claims are a complex industry, and if you begin to receive bills for injuries that should have been covered, you should store them for further review.
How much would I receive in compensation for my car accident claim?
The amount of money that a person would receive in a settlement is largely dependent on the severity of the injuries and any other damage. However, there is more to a personal injury claim than simply severe injuries. Your injuries may cause:
- Long-term disability
- Significant missed time at work
- Difficulties with your living situation
- A loss of ability to transport yourself
- Post-traumatic stress
These issues can and will require monetary compensation for you to move forward.
How long will my personal injury claim take?
There is no telling exactly how long your injury case will take. Depending on the circumstances, you may find yourself in extended litigation for your deserved compensation. However, settling quickly may leave you at a significant disadvantage considering your injuries. If your case takes time, you have a strong likelihood of getting a larger payout.
How can Dawkins & Gowens Law Firm help with Oklahoma City car injury claims?
We can help at every stage of the injury claims process, from gathering evidence and taking photos after an accident to negotiating with doctors and insurance adjusters. Your attorney is on your side, and they advocate for you.