Walking After Dark: The Rights of Pedestrians in Nighttime Car Accidents
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Car accidents are unexpected. They can happen on your way to work, on the way home from school, and even when you’re stopped at a red light. If you have been in a car accident in Columbus, Ohio and you’re not sure of the next step, call Kisling, Nestico & Redick. Our Columbus car accident lawyers will walk you through the steps and provide any assistance you need. For a free consultation of your case, contact us today at (614) 487-8669.
After an accident, you are understandably shaken, and there are likely several questions running through your mind. What do you do next? Luckily, the list below will help you remember who you need to talk to after your car accident.
If anyone is injured, call 911 right away. Your health is more important than anything else.
You will need to file a police report if the accident injured anyone or caused more than $400 worth of damage to personal property. If a driver doesn’t have insurance, you can fill out a crash report for the BMV as well.
Someone to Drive You to the Hospital
Even if you feel totally fine after your accident, it’s best to go to the hospital and get checked by a medical professional. Injuries can show up later, and you don’t want to suffer unnecessarily. Ask a friend or family member to take you to the doctor instead of driving yourself. The hospital may suggest you take a break from driving, so it’s good to have a ride instead.
The Insurance Company
Insurance companies often have a statute of limitations during which you may file an accident claim, so this call should be at the top of your list. You can file a first-party claim with your insurance company or a third-party claim with the other driver’s insurance company. No matter who you contact, make sure to provide only the facts. Insurance companies are notorious for their attempts to offer low-ball settlements, so they will try to use your words against you to lower your claim. When speaking to the insurance company, don’t elaborate, apologize, or claim that you are fine after the accident.
The Auto Repair Shop
Once you’ve taken care of your health, it’s time to address the situation with your car. Get a couple of estimates for repairs that your car needs so you can use them in your case.
Unless you are an insurance agent yourself, you may lack the savvy needed to negotiate your claim. Luckily, a car accident lawyer has considerable experience in this area. Let your lawyer work with the insurance company to get you fair compensation for your damages.
The above list may prove to be helpful, but you also may just be too rattled to even think about getting started. In times like these, you should call your car accident lawyer. At Kisling, Nestico & Redick, we can serve as your main point of contact, so you don’t have to deal with everything on your own. While you concentrate on your emotional and physical recovery, we will handle the ins and outs of the case. Contact us today at (614) 487-8669 to schedule a free, initial evaluation of your case.