The Charleston Personal Injury Lawyers at the Phipps Law Firm are acutely aware of the surmounting concerns that face the victim and their families. Serious bodily injury can result not only from the initial contact with the other vehicle, but also from secondary impacts from inside your own vehicle. Despite advances in safety mechanisms in today's marketed automobiles, auto accidents still remain the leading cause of death among young adults. If you have been involved in a car accident, you may be entitled to compensation for property damage, lost wages, pain and suffering, medical expenses, emotional trauma, loss of consortium, disfigurement and traumatic brain injury, funeral costs, and more.
The Charleston Personal Injury Lawyers at the Phipps Law Firm are committed to offering valuable legal assistance and guidance that puts families on the path to recovery. We can help you and your family receive financial compensation.
The first few moments following an auto collision can be terrifying. If you are involved in a collision, you should take the following steps immediately to ensure that your legal rights are protected:
- Dial 911 to report the accident and make sure to advise the 911 operator of any and all injuries.
- If you are experiencing any pain, seek medical attention immediately (even if you feel the injury is minor).
- If possible, move your vehicle to the side of the road and turn off your ignition (and the ignition of other cars involved in the accident). Stand apart from the vehicle while calling for help to avoid injury in case the car is hit again. If parties are injured, do not attempt to move them unless they are in immediate danger.
- Do NOT admit fault or discuss fault with the other parties involved in the collision. Avoid confrontation and fully cooperate with the police.
- Exchange information (registration numbers, drivers license info and insurance info) with all parties involved, including any witnesses.
- Obtain photographs of any damage to all vehicles involved and any injuries sustained from the crash. If you have a cell phone camera available, you may want to photograph the crash scene and vehicles involved in the collision.
Above all, protect your rights. You are not required to give any statements to the other party's insurance company. While you should cooperate with your own insurance company, you may want to consider consulting with the Charleston personal injury attorneys at the Phipps Law Firm before giving a statement.
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