When you’re the victim of one of the countless reckless driving accidents in America, it can often be difficult to keep a level head. It all happens so fast. You’re hurt, your car is damaged, and your brain is likely swimming with thoughts of the high costs and expenses this wreck is going to cost you. Don’t fret. We can help.
If you’re involved in a reckless driving accident, simply follow this step-by-step guide below.
AT THE ACCIDENT SCENE
The very first thing you should do after a reckless driving accident is call the police. A police report is an integral piece of a personal injury claim, should you need to file one later. It will provide a third-party account of the accident, and serve as important evidence against the at-fault driver, so you can receive the compensation you deserve.
Then, if you’ve been hurt in the wreck, it’s time to seek medical attention. Whether it’s calling an ambulance or having someone drive you to the doctor’s office, it’s important you do this immediately if you’re in pain or hurting. Be sure to save any receipts or itemized bills you receive while there, as these will help ensure you get compensated for them later on.
If you or a passenger is physically able to, you should also take a minute to take stock of the accident scene. Snap photos of the damage done to your car, your injuries, and the accident itself. Jot down notes regarding the wreck and store them in your pocket or purse for later. All these will help in building a claim against the at-fault driver later on, so you can get compensated.
AFTER THE RECKLESS DRIVING ACCIDENT
After the accident, you should make contact with your insurance company. Alert them of the wreck, and provide them with the other driver’s contact information. Be on the lookout for a call or letter from the at-fault driver’s insurance company, too. They’ll likely want you to provide a statement regarding the wreck. Do all you can to avoid this. Providing a statement can end up hurting you in the end; it could even implicate you in the accident and lower the amount of compensation you can receive.
Finally, contact an attorney. An attorney will help coordinate with the involved insurance companies and make sure the at-fault driver pays for the damages they have inflicted. Specifically, they will:
- Gather evidence and witness testimony to prove the other driver’s fault.
- Advise you on any statements you need to provide for insurance companies.
- Determine an accurate amount of damages you should be due because of the reckless driving accident.
- Field any settlement offers you may receive to ensure they are enough to cover your car damage, medical bills, and other expenses.
All in all, an attorney will help build your case. An attorney can also help ensure you’re not stuck holding the blame for a wreck you didn’t cause.
FILING A CLAIM
In the end, if the other driver’s insurance just isn’t offering a settlement amount you’re happy with, your attorney can help you take further legal action against the driver. They’ll assist you in filing a claim, so you can get the compensation you deserve for your medical bills, car damage, pain, suffering, and more. You could even be due punitive damages, which go above and behind the damages you are already due.
Were you recently the victim of a reckless driving accident? Make sure you don’t end up footing the bill for a wreck you didn’t cause. Contact the Law Offices of Pat Maloney to get started on your case today. Call (210) 934-6609 now!
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