Vehicle Accidents – How We Can Help in Your Time of Need
Many motor vehicle accidents are unexpected. You’re headed out and about for a day on the town or you’re driving home from work and, in the blink of an eye, an accident turns your life upside-down and it will never truly be the same again. With our assistance at the McGuire Law Firm, we can walk you through the basics of dealing with a motor vehicle claim and how you can move forward during this difficult time. From understanding what to do after an accident to common types of accidents, damages, and discovering how an attorney can help, we will stand by your side.
Common Motor Vehicle Accidents
At McGuire Law, we stand by your side for a variety of different accidents caused by a series of motor vehicles such as cars, trucks, motorcycles, and uninsured drivers. Some accidents are more common than others on Oklahoma roadways, taking lives and leaving others seriously injured. Let’s take a closer look at some of the accidents you might come into contact with on our roadways.
Vehicle Rollover: Vehicle rollovers are very violent accidents that can happen due to a variety of behaviors by the driver or those around them. For instance, if a car is driving very fast when it hits a structure or another vehicle, it has an increased chance of rolling over. Though the majority of these accidents involve one vehicle, many involve more than one.
Rear-End: These accidents occur when a vehicle crashes into the one in front of it. They mostly occur due to driver distraction or not paying attention to the road. This can happen when a vehicle is tailgating another.
Side-Impact: Side-impact collisions are most commonly referred to as T-bone collisions and happen when one side of the vehicle is hit. They happen commonly at intersections and in parking lots. Depending on where the vehicle is struck at the time of the accident, they can be incredibly severe.
Head-On: A head-on collision occurs when the front ends of two vehicles meet one another when cars are traveling in two different directions. This can happen when one vehicle leaves their lane for some reason, such as driving on slick road conditions or not paying attention.
What to do After a Motor Vehicle Accident
It also helps to understand what steps you should take after you have been involved in an accident with another vehicle. After the accident, you want to take the following steps:
- If there is a risk of injury, you want to stay in your vehicle.
- Move your vehicle to a safe location if the car is creating a safety hazard, like when it is parked in the middle of a highway. This is only if you are safely able to move it.
- Determine if you and any other parties have injuries.
- Call 9-1-1 immediately.
- Contact your insurance company and follow directions they give you.
- Never admit fault to the other party, as it could ruin your case in the future if you decide to take the other party for compensation.
- Make sure you receive all names and car insurance information from any drivers who were involved in the accident. Do the same when it comes to witnesses who might have seen the accident happen from start to finish.
- Take documentation of the accident scene with your phone or camera. This means taking photographs of things like license plates, damages to vehicles, objects on the road at the time, street signs to identify where it occurred, and more.
As you can see, documentation of all aspects is extremely vital when it comes to your claim and recovery in the future. You want to ensure that you have all the evidence you can possibly receive relating to your accident so that you can take it to your attorney, who will be able to better assess your case.
What Damages Are Available?
When you’ve been involved in a motor vehicle accident and sustained serious injuries, you may wonder what damages are available to you. You may be eligible for monetary and non-economic aspects that pay for things like expenses and emotional suffering. Let’s take a look at a few of these:
Medical Expenses: These are one of the most popular types of damages after a car accident. You may have experienced a variety of injuries from your accident like cuts and bruises, paralysis, or other forms of permanent disability. You might be able to receive compensation from more than just the initial medical treatment. Other possibilities include aspects like hospital expenses, physical therapy, ambulance fees, in-home services, accessories like crutches and more, and consultations that you have with other professionals due to your injuries. You should always keep good documentation of the expenses you have received because of this treatment.
Pain and Suffering: You might have sustained physical and mental distress due to your injuries. If you are experiencing pain or emotional distress and very well could in the future as well, you want to receive damages to compensate you for these matters.
Lost Wages: Injuries could be so serious that they have affected your ability to return to work or will make it so that you can never return to work in the future. You have to be able to show that your injuries are so severe that they keep you from returning to work. A jury will look at many factors such as your age, occupation, and so much more when they are deciding compensation for the future.
Loss of Companionship: Your spouse might be able to claim loss of companionship if you have been seriously injured. Perhaps your injuries affect your companionship and sexual activity after an accident, and you have the right to recover.
When You Should Turn to an Attorney
You should always understand when to turn to an attorney in your time of need. If your accident is simple and clear-cut, and you didn’t require any treatment, you might not need an attorney. You should instead turn to an experienced motor vehicle accident attorney when liability is not so clear in your case if you are having problems evaluating your claim, if you have suffered extremely serious injuries, and when you believe the insurance company is making too low of an offer on your claim.
These cases can be entirely complex and you don’t want to go it alone when it comes to receiving damages that could help you in every aspect of your life. The injuries that stem from these accidents can keep you from working and enjoying your life the same way. If you have been injured in an accident, we want to hear from you at the McGuire Law Firm. Contact us to talk to us about your case and how we can assist you during your trying time of need. Call us for more information at 888-352-0624.