Get Trusted Representation After a Serious Car Crash
Unfortunately, car accidents are all too common in our society. According to national statistics, nearly six million auto accidents occurred in the United States in 2013, of which 1.5 million resulted in injury and more than 30,000 in a fatality. In fact, car accidents are one of the most common types of injury cases we see, along with other motor vehicles, like trucks and motorcycles. Our car accident attorneys are among the most experienced in the Washington Metropolitan Area.
What Can An Attorney Do For You?
Following a car wreck—whether you are the person at fault, the victim, or are unsure—it is important that you seek a qualified and experienced car accident lawyer that focuses on auto accidents and is knowledgeable about the laws and auto insurance claims processes in your area.
A qualified car accident attorney will help ease the stress that arises from the aftermath of an accident, which, in addition to the emotional turmoil and possible physical injury, may include dealing with auto insurance companies, adjusters, and car damages and repairs or a total car loss/loss of property. Your lawyer can help assess how much your car accident claim might be worth and work to recover what is rightfully owed to you, such as a fair reimbursement of medical or therapy expenses, lost work income, and pain and suffering damages.
What to Do If You Are Involved in an Auto Accident
After a car accident, there are a few important steps you should take. These steps not only protect your immediate safety and well-being, but they also protect your right to pursue legal action against the liable party.
After a car accident, be sure to do the following:
- Get immediate medical attention. If you find yourself unable to move following an auto accident, don’t risk harming yourself even further. Instead, wait for emergency personnel to arrive on the scene. Also, please note that even though you might seem physically fine with no obvious medical issues, injuries to the musculature, blood vessels, or nerves may not become noticeable for weeks or even months and, by the time they reveal themselves through pain or disability, the statute of limitations to file a claim is likely to have already passed. That is why it is important to get examined by a health professional soon after your accident—one who is trained to recognize the symptoms and look for such injuries.
- File a police report. Be sure to get a police officer to take a report and to take photos of the vehicles involved and the way they are positioned, any car damage, license plates, and any injuries sustained. Also, be sure to exchange contact and insurance information with the other parties and collect contact information for anyone that may have witnessed the accident.
- Consult a lawyer. Our collective experience at Ashcraft & Gerel has given us the purview to know that, just because they occur frequently, no two auto accident cases are ever the same. You need to talk with an attorney with significant experience representing people involved in auto accidents—big and small—who can answer your questions, discuss your options, and advise you about next steps and whether you even need a lawyer.
Contact Ashcraft & Gerel’s Car Accident Attorneys for Help
Ashcraft & Gerel has been handling automobile accident cases for more than 65 years. With dozens of skilled attorneys ready and willing to speak with you, Ashcraft & Gerel is highly capable of handling your case—whether large or small—with the skill and quality of service you expect. Each of our car accident attorneys is fully committed to our clients. As always, Ashcraft & Gerel’s fee policy for auto cases is that if we do not make a recovery, you pay us nothing.