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The Importance of Speaking with a Lawyer

Posted by on Jun 3, 2019 in Car Accidents | 0 comments

In a 1789 letter, Benjamin Franklin presciently declared, “In this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” And while I hate death and taxes as much as the electrifying Founding Father certainly did, I do think there is a strong need for planning against these inevitabilities. If they are going to happen no matter what, we might as well make sure we have our obligations squared away in time before the IRS — or the Grim Reaper — comes knocking.

Similarly, I recently fell into a rabbit hole of sorts of online research about what to do after car accidents. I do not know why I picked this as the topic that I would concern myself with, but it probably relates to recent car safety advertisements I have seen as well as the Benjamin Franklin quote. In my lifetime, there is a high probability that I will either be involved in or witness a car accident. So it is probably in my (and your) best interest to know what to do immediately after a car crash.

Health and safety

While this first batch of tips might seem obvious, it is nonetheless important to note. If you have been involved in a car accident, you should immediately:

  • Check your extremities and limbs for injuries or cuts
  • Take note of your head, neck, and spine for bruising or swelling
  • Look through your entire body as best as possible for damage

And after this, assist others as rapidly as possible and see if they are injured. While I am not a medical or emergency expert, it is important to know to not move injured people unnecessarily, as doing so can cause additional pain or worsen an injury — this especially concerns injuries related to the neck or spine. You should really only move people if they are in immediate danger, such as a structure is about to collapse on them or if a fire is spreading in their direction.

An experienced professional

The next step to take after securing the well-being of yourself, other passengers, and bystanders, is to quickly call a lawyer that is experienced with auto accident personal injury cases. As Portner Bond, PLLC points out on their website, the difference between a lawyer with no experience in car collisions and a lawyer with a history of representing car accident client could be the difference between being able to pay your medical bills or not.

See, a lawyer with experience in handling car accident personal injury lawsuits can fight against insurance companies seeking to give you as little money as possible; the insurance companies do not have your best interest in mind the same way that a lawyer fighting on your behalf does.

So after you take care of your safety, take care of your financial well-being and call a lawyer. They can also walk you through the steps to take at the hospital or negotiate with insurance companies.

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