Auto Accident FAQ
Auto accidents often occur in the blink of an eye, and when they are least expected. These accidents often leave innocent victims stranded to financially support themselves and their families, along with leaving victims with psychological problems from being involved in such a horrific event.
The Tulsa auto accident attorneys at our law firm have litigated thousands of auto accident cases, and have been asked many questions about auto accident cases over our many years of practice.. As a result, we have decided to create a list of frequently asked questions regarding auto accident claims.
To find out how the lawyers at The Edwards Law Firm can help you after an auto accident, call us today at 1-800-304-9246.
What is the first thing I should do after an accident?
Contact the police as soon as you can safely reach a cellular phone. When they arrive on the scene, follow their directions and remain nearby to comply with any paperwork or answer any necessary questions.
After an accident, what information do I need to obtain
- Make contact with the driver of the opposing vehicle as soon as you can safely exit yours. Get their name, address, phone number, license plate number and insurance information as soon as you can.
- Contact witnesses and get a name and phone number
- Take photos of any physical damage to your vehicle and any injuries you can see
Am I in an at-fault state?
Our auto accident lawyers serve in Oklahoma, Texas and Arkansas; therefore each has different regulations in regards to the fault of an accident. The following includes the regulations for each state we serve:
- Oklahoma: Oklahoma is a fault car insurance state, which means the person who was at fault for the accident is liable for all injuries and damages resulting from the accident.
- Texas: Texas is a fault car insurance state, which means the person who was at fault for the accident is liable for all injuries and damages resulting from the accident.
- Arkansas: Arkansas is an at-fault car insurance state, which means the driver responsible for the accident will bear the financial responsibility for all injuries and property damages resulting from the accident.
Do I need to see a doctor after my accident?
Yes. Even if you do not believe you have sustained any major injuries, internal injuries, whiplash, head injuries and others sometimes take days to a week to develop. Additionally, it is important to document any medical conditions that may have resulted from the crash.
Waiting for a doctor's visit will not strengthen a case against the negligent driver, so the less time that goes by before your examination, the more beneficial to your case.
What should I do if I have been involved in a hit-and-run accident?
If you have been involved in a hit-and-run accident, it is important to remember as much information about the vehicle as possible. This may include the make, model, color and description of the driver. Often times, drivers will need to rely on their own insurance agency following a hit-and-run, which is a difficult process if you do not possess adequate coverage.
If the at-fault driver is uninsured, can I still file a claim for damages against them?
If your car insurance policy covers uninsured motorists, you may be able to collect compensation from them. Uninsured motorist coverage is also helpful in hit-and-run accidents, when you cannot get the negligent driver's insurance information. This ensures your property is still covered.
How do I know if the other driver was behaving negligently?
Some examples of negligent behavior include:
- Failing to yield to traffic signs and signals
- Texting while driving
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Improper vehicle maintenance
- Driving drowsy or fatigued
- Improper use of turn signals
- and other careless behaviors that put motorists at risk.
What damages may be recovered in an auto accident claim?
Depending on the circumstances, an auto accident victim may be entitled to compensation for property damage, physical injuries, lost wages, psychological injuries, pain and suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life. A knowledgeable auto accident attorney will be able to determine which damages may be available to you.
Should I contact an auto accident attorney?
If you believe your accident and any injuries you sustained to be the result of the thoughtless, reckless, careless actions of another person, seek legal representation with a skilled auto accident law firm. The compensation that a successful verdict or settlement can bring will help with medical expenses, hospital bills, rehabilitative services and any other related costs, included lost wages from time you were unable to work.
The moments after the accident are extremely important do not admit fault or over-apologize for the accident as this could be used against you in court; never speak to the attorney or the insurance company of the other driver; stay calm and collected while police are dispatched; and NEVER leave the accident scene.
Experienced Litigators who will Fight for Your Rights
At the Edwards Law Firm, our skilled auto accident lawyers have obtained favorable outcomes for car crash victims, whether through a settlement or through a jury verdict. If you have been involved in a truck collision, you deserve both compassion and compensation for your losses.
For more information, please complete the Free Case Evaluation form on this page or call us at 1-800-304-9246 and member of our legal team will evaluate the merits of your claim and guide you on the best course in pursuing justice.