No one’s ever fully prepared for a car accident. As any accident victim in Alpharetta knows, the shock, pain, and often steeping costs resulting from an accident are hard burdens to bear—and if the accident wasn’t your fault, you shouldn’t have to shoulder them at all. Don’t let the negligent actions of others set you back. If you were involved in a car accident that wasn’t your fault, it’s time to speak with an Alpharetta car accident lawyer.
At John Foy & Associates, we can help. With over two decades of experience, we understand personal injury cases like car accidents, and we know how to win. There’s a reason John Foy is known on TV as the “Strong Arm”; our lawyers don’t back down to insurance companies, and we stand with victims. Plus, we’ll start with a FREE consultation to discuss your case and how you can best move forward. Give us a call at 404-400-4000, or complete and submit the form to the right for your free consultation today.
Three Things You Should Know After a Car Accident
Your actions after a car accident can make a big difference in your case outcome. If you get into an accident in Alpharetta, here are three vital points to remember.
The More Information You Can Collect, the Better
If you can, after the car accident, gather as much information as possible. When you work with a personal injury lawyer, they’ll get to work doing their own research about the accident and everything involved. But you are the only person who can gather evidence directly after the accident happened. Here are some details to collect:
- Pictures of the accident scene. Thankfully, most of us have smartphones now that can easily take pictures anywhere. Snap photos of any and all evidence of the accident scene—even if you aren’t sure whether it’s relevant. This includes pictures of your injuries (and any injuries of those in the vehicle with you, if you had passengers), damage to your vehicle, the accident scene itself, and anything else that you notice about the accident.
- The other driver’s information. Assuming it wasn’t a hit-and-run, always exchange information with the other driver after the accident happens. Get their first and last name, their insurance information, driver’s license number, license plate, phone number, and address. You’ll need this for filing a claim with their insurance and for contacting them, if needed later on.
- Notes on what you remember. Write down or jot in your phone everything you can remember about the accident. If the other driver was acting weird, such as if you suspect drunk driving or other impairments, driving distracted, or had road rage, these are details your lawyer will need to know. Also, note what happened directly before, during, and after the accident.
- Witnesses’ names. If anyone saw the accident occur (which is likely), talk to them. Ask about what they saw, and write it down. Also, ask them if they’re willing to stick around until police arrive so they can give a statement. Get their name and contact information so your lawyer can contact them later, as well. Witness testimony can be incredibly powerful in a car accident case.
You’ll also want to call police as soon as possible after the accident. They’ll come to the scene and will create a police report on the accident and its details—which is vital for your case.
2. The Insurance Company Doesn’t Have Your Back
We’d like to think insurance companies are here for us after an accident—but sadly, that’s rarely the case. Insurance companies are for-profit businesses, meaning they’ll do what they can to cut their own costs. In other words, they will look for reasons to pay out less than you actually deserve for your suffering. This is why you should never take the first offer and wait until your attorney can fight for financial recovery that’s actually fair.
Don’t let insurers take advantage of you. The other driver’s insurance will likely try to reach out to you after the accident.
Don’t take their calls—and if you do, never admit fault or give them any information they could use against you. This includes responding to questions about how you’re feeling after the accident. If you sound at all “okay,” they may try to use that against you, saying your injuries aren’t as bad as you claim.
Instead, speak with a car accident lawyer first—as soon as you can. They’re trained to know the right way to talk to insurers so you don’t get walked on. If insurance contacts you, you can simply tell them to talk to you attorney and give them his or her number.
- You Have the Right to Recover ALL Your Costs
If the car accident was not your fault, you have a right to financial recovery of ALL your damages related to the accident. This includes costs pertaining to:
- Treatment for your injuries
- Doctor’s visits
- Tests regarding your injuries
- Physical therapy
- Damage to your vehicle, including repair costs or replacement
- Death of a loved one (if it’s a wrongful death case)
Don’t let anyone try to skirt around the truth: you deserve to recover money for what wasn’t your fault. A car accident shouldn’t impact the financial and emotional side of your life more than it has to.
Does Having a Lawyer Make a Difference in My Case?
Yes. Having a car accident lawyer on your side can make all the difference in your case. They will do the research necessary to prove you weren’t at fault, and they know how to guide you through each step of the process. Working with a legal professional is your best bet for recovering everything you deserve from the accident.
Talk to an Alpharetta Car Accident Lawyer for Free
At John Foy & Associates, we know how painful the process after a car accident can be. We want to help you recover as quickly and easily as possible. Working with us is no-risk—meaning we charge you nothing unless we get you money. For a FREE consultation to speak with one of our lawyers right away, call us today at 404-400-4000, or fill out the form to the right.