Things That People Ask Us About Car Accidents
At Bredell & Bredell, we welcome questions about auto accidents and injuries, such as the following:
Help! I need to know what to do after a car accident in Michigan.
For best results, follow these steps:
- Get emergency medical attention and/or a prompt medical evaluation. Many people do not feel back and/or neck injuries until later.
- Provide basic information to first responders and your insurance company but do not make a recorded statement or express your opinion about fault before getting legal advice.
- Gather evidence, which may include:
- your own recollections of what happened
- photographs of the crash scene and/or your injuries
- information about where your damaged car has been towed
- contact information for eyewitnesses
- descriptions of the traffic and weather conditions
- the police report
- medical evaluation records
- If you were injured in a wreck, do not share details about your accident or condition via social media.
- After receiving a medical evaluation and treatments, follow doctors’ recommendations.
- Contact an attorney.
What is a no-fault car accident?
No-fault insurance, which is mandatory for drivers licensed in Michigan, covers specified amounts for medical expenses, wage loss benefits, replacement services and damage done to other people’s property in an accident. However, when someone is seriously injured, they may bring a lawsuit against another driver based on allegations of fault.
What is my car accident claim worth?
A more appropriate question for many people is: “What are my total losses stemming from these injuries?” The answer may be a large pile of medical bills, financial hardship caused by missing work and losing much-needed income, and coping with pain and suffering in all of its forms, including mental anguish.
What do I do if the car insurance company refuses to pay?
In case of a denied claim, your attorney can prepare to file a bad faith insurance lawsuit and/or sue another at-fault driver.
Do I need a car accident attorney?
Remember that the insurer’s goal is to pay out as little as possible in benefits. If you accept a premature payment of benefits, you will likely have no opportunity to go back and ask for more. It is better to be safe than sorry by consulting with a lawyer.