Personal Injury: Car Wreck Bill of Rights
Nobody wants to find themselves in a car wreck. But no matter how safe of a driver you are, car wrecks happen and you should know your rights if you are involved in a wreck. Getting medical attention for anyone injured is the first priority, and an ambulance should be called anytime there is an injury. Once the ambulance is called you should know that you have certain rights.
1. You have the right to be fairly compensated in a personal injury case.
This usually means the amount that it would take to return you as close as possible to your position before the wreck. No amount of money can undo the past, but it is the only way to have justice done in a personal injury type case. Of course, just because you are in a wreck doesn’t mean that you are entitled to anything. The other side only has to pay if they are at fault. However, you can still recover even if you are partially at fault.
2. You have the right to speak with your attorney before answering any questions reagrding your .
You may have to give your personal and insurance information, but you don’t have to answer any question about what happened. After an accident, you may be shaken up and the things you say could hurt you later. You shouldn’t discuss the wreck before you consult your personal injury attorney.
3. You have the right to get information from witnesses.
Many times there are witnesses to the wreck. You should get their names addresses and phone numbers so they can be contacted later. The identity of witnesses is often left off of any police report, so unless you get their information at the scene, it may be impossible to find them later.
4. You have the right to choose your own doctor.
Don’t let the other side pressure you into seeing a doctor they “recommend.” Seek medical attention from someone you trust.
5. You have the right to have your property repaired.
Your car should be put back into pre wreck condition. You shouldn’t settle for partial or incomplete repairs.
6. You have the right to reject settlement offers.
Don’t let the other side pressure you into making a quick settlement on a personal injury case. This often results in accepting far less than you are entitled to.
Wrecks happen. And when they happen to you, know your personal injury rights and insist on them. This will help recover everything you are entitled to.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Attorney and Counsellor at Law
Dominic primarily practices in the areas of civil litigation and focuses his practice on defending the rights, property, and interests of those who have been injured by the actions of others.