When Should I Call an Attorney?
“I’ve been in an accident, when should I call an attorney?”
In the aftermath of an accident, the question of when to involve an attorney is not just a matter of timing; it’s a crucial decision that can greatly impact the outcome of your case. Many individuals in initial shock and distress hesitate to pick up the phone and call an attorney. Others underestimate the potential value of their claims and accept a minimal payment from their insurance company as a full settlement without fully understanding the extent of their losses.
In all cases, it’s essential to understand that if you want to protect your rights, you should first reach out to a qualified attorney.
In the unfortunate event of an auto accident, don’t wait — just make the call! Amid the stress and confusion that naturally follow a collision, contacting an attorney provides a sense of relief, knowing that your case is in capable hands. And if it’s essential to obtain evidence on your behalf, the sooner we get started, the better!
What To Do After Getting into an Accident
As you navigate this challenging situation, you may think about what else you need to do aside from contacting a lawyer.
It’s crucial to take these additional steps after getting in a car accident:
- Ensure your safety and call the police.
- Exchange insurance information with the other driver(s).
- Obtain contact information for any witnesses.
- If possible and if instructed by emergency personnel, move your vehicle off the road.
- Seek immediate medical evaluation if you are in pain.
- Refrain from discussing the accident or your case with anyone except the responding police officer(s) and your attorney.
- Document the scene by taking photos of the car(s) involved, property damage, crash debris and any other relevant information.
- Avoid posting details about the incident on social media.
- Request a police report for documentation.
Do I Need a Police Report for a Car Accident?
Obtaining a police report after a car accident is essential as it safeguards your rights and interests post-accident. This report contains vital information like the other driver’s identity, insurance details, and witness statements, helping determine who was at fault. As car accident lawyers, this helps us tremendously. Additionally, taking photos of the vehicles and their positions is crucial for crash investigation.
In the post-accident chaos, the situation may compromise one’s ability to think clearly. Immediately contacting the police ensures you gather all necessary information and protects against unjust blame. This report is especially important in hit-and-run cases or with uninsured motorists, as it allows you to pursue claims even if you lack the other party’s information.
If you or a loved one was injured in a car accident, contact the car accident lawyers at Flager & Associates today by calling 215-953-5200. We provide a FREE CASE EVALUATION to anyone who calls with a new case — so there’s no cost to worry about!
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Do the Same Rules Apply to Slip and Fall Cases?
In the case of a slip-and-fall accident, the same principle of immediately calling an attorney applies, especially if you’ve been hurt due to someone else’s negligence. These accidents can lead to severe injuries, including broken bones, sprains, or head trauma, so gathering evidence and acting swiftly is crucial. Contacting an attorney is your first step toward protecting your rights and handling your case properly.
If you’ve been involved in a slip-and-fall or other accident, check out our personal injury resources to learn more about the best ways to handle the situation:
- What is the cost of a personal injury attorney?
- How to choose a personal injury attorney
- How can social media affect my personal injury case?
- Personal injury blog
Contact us online or call us today at (215) 953-5200 to schedule your free case evaluation.
Written by Adam D. Flager, Esq., Associate at Flager & Associates, PC
With his practice focused on litigation, Adam primarily represents clients in personal injury cases, such as motor vehicle, slip and fall, defective products, and construction and worksite accidents. He is licensed to practice in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the State of New Jersey, the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the District of New Jersey, and the United States Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit. Adam received his J.D. from Widener University School of Law in 2009, where he graduated with pro-Bono Distinction.
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