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How do I report a car accident?

Were you in a car accident and are wondering how to report it?

Even though it may sound counter intuitive, it would actually be in your best interest to not report the accident yourself. Instead, work with a Car Accident Attorney and they will report the accident on your behalf.

Reason 1: A Car Accident Attorney will know what details matter to an insurance company.

A lot of times, when someone tries to report a car accident themselves, they divulge too much information and that information can be used against you.

Reason 2: The other person’s insurance company is going to be doing what’s best for their client.

Regardless of right/wrong, the other driver’s insurance company is going to do their best to represent the other driver since that is their client. A car accident attorney will know what to say that will represent you the best.

Some other tips to keep yourself safe in the process.

Recovering from a car accident is a highly emotional process. In this state, it’s very easy to let your guard down and make mistakes that will not end well for you.

For starters, be sure to never share your full social security number. Using the last 4 is OK, but there should not be a situation where you need to share the full number.

Next, it is a good idea to take your car to your body shop before reporting to your insurance. The Insurance Company will send an adjuster to the body shop and they’ll be able to do a full diagnostics workup there. Another benefit is that the adjuster will be able to use the body shop’s lift and other tools to properly assess your vehicle.

This is also a good time to familiarize yourself with your insurance policy and understand what you’re entitled to if you are at fault. One such thing may be a rental car while your car is being repaired.

Finally, be sure to keep your records organized for every step you take. This includes hospital visits, body shop visits, etc. The more details you document, the better it is for you.

If you have been in a car accident and would like a hand reporting your case, contact the PhillyLawyers.com team. Your first consultation is free and you don’t pay unless there’s a settlement to you!

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We understand when the injury occurs, you are scared and need immediate help. Here are the answers to some of the questions we hope are helpful to you.
If you come to us, we have all the answers for when you are injured in any type of accident.

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Call the police and make sure an ambulance is sent as soon as possible. Make sure everyone involved in the accident is conscious and responsive. Stay at the scene even if the accident isn’t serious, the police should be called regardless and a police report should be filed. It is important when speaking to the police that you stick to the facts, do not speculate, and most importantly do not admit any fault. Make sure you take as many pictures as you can with your cell phone. Also, we suggest taking a picture of the other person’s license plate, their drivers license, and insurance information. The pictures should document any damage that is caused by both vehicles.  Seek medical attention as soon as possible if injured, even if you do not feel any pain, you may be in a state of shock and could experience medical issues later on.

If you are experiencing pain, injury, or financial damages as a result of someone else’s negligence. You may have a personal injury case. If the other driver was at fault or failed to follow the legal rules of the road – our car accident attorneys may be able to prove that the other party is liable for those damages. For example, if you were rear-ended in a car accident, typically the other driver is responsible for that accident and the insurance company could be liable for any damages.

Within the first few days, you will receive communications from both your insurance company and the other driver’s insurance company. You may be contacted by your health insurance company, doctors, and even attorneys. The other driver’s insurance company may request that you sign medical authorizations so they can retrieve your medical records. Before you speak to any of these people or sign any documents, it is important that you seek legal counsel.

You may have a difficult time paying for your medical expenses, even if you have health insurance. Make sure to bill any treatment as you normally would through your healthcare provider. Additionally, you may have medical payment coverage under your car insurance plan. This could be used to cover your co-pays and other medical expenses that your health insurance company may not cover initially.

This is a difficult question to answer because it depends on many factors. If we are successful in proving that the other party is liable for your injuries and damages, you could be compensated for medical bills and any other hospital costs, lost wages, costs of rehabilitation and physical therapy, disability or disfigurement, pain and suffering, wrongful death, including loss of financial support and any other out of pocket expense that was related to your accident.

Depending on the severity of your injuries and the length of time you need to heal from your injuries will determine the length of your claim. We also have to factor in the willingness of the other party to settle as they make their initial offer. If unreasonable offers are made, your claim may proceed to trial, which will increase the length of your claim.

At Kats, Jamison & Associates all personal injury accident cases are handled on a contingency-fee-basis. This means that we will never charge you upfront for any cost and we will advance all costs and expenses. You will not have to reimburse our Firm for any costs unless we are successful. You will pay absolutely nothing for lawyers’ fees unless we win a monetary sum in your case.

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