CAR WRECK ATTORNEYS WICHITA
Injury Automobile Accidents
The Accident Recovery Team has proudly worked with car wreck victims in Kansas for over 20 years with dedication and vigor. Car wrecks are a leading cause of personal injury in America. In Kansas alone, more than 58,000 accidents occurred last year. Many different circumstances lead to wrecks on the road. Weather conditions, poorly-maintained streets and bridges, wildlife, mechanical issues like faulty headlights or heavily worn tires can all contribute. Often these wrecks result in serious, life-changing injuries and even death. The Accident Recovery Team clients have peace of mind and the opportunity to rebuild their lives with a highly-skilled team of attorneys on their side.
With many of our team members being former insurance company attorneys, we understand the benefits you are entitled to. We work diligently on behalf of injured clients. There are many factors that impact liability, and determining fault is difficult. You need experienced legal representation prepared to go the extra mile in your case. Committed to strong, competent and compassionate representation, the Team puts clients on level ground with big companies and legal departments working against their claim. Among all the obligations after an auto accident, securing strong legal representation is one of the most important.
What to Do After an Automobile Accident
Being part of a car accident is never planned or expected, so it’s common not to know what to do after it happens, especially in the case of a hit and run. The Accident Recovery Team sat down and detailed key pieces of information we felt would be the most helpful to a majority of people injured in an accident. We want to ensure you get back on the road quickly and with the compensation you deserve.
Call the Police
Even if the accident seems minor, you need the documentation and case number provided by local police. If the other driver involved in the accident doesn’t want you to call the police, you should definitely call the police. If they try to convince you that the accident isn’t a big deal and you’ll work it out later with insurance, don’t fall for it. Call the police and properly document the accident with authorities.
Seek Medical Attention
Once EMS arrives, a lot of people refuse the ambulance ride because of concerns about the cost. But remember, your auto insurance has benefits to pay for initial medical care. You have personal injury protection, or PIP coverage, in a valid auto insurance policy. So if you have auto insurance, don’t turn down the ambulance only to avoid the expense.
Too often, clients wait too long to see a doctor. While it may seem reasonable to wait a few days and see how you feel, don’t let too much time go by. Delayed treatment gives the insurance adjuster an excuse for your injuries. The insurance company will argue that the injury occurred at work or home or somewhere else between the time of the accident and the time you saw a doctor. It is also vital for you to follow doctors orders for ongoing recovery and follow-up appointments.
You always need documentation. Memories and stories change over time. The impartial, third-party account taken by an officer is critical. Information is still fresh in everyone’s mind and this is your best chance to accurately document what happened.
Police officers generally don’t take pictures at the scene of an accident unless a fatality is involved. If you are medically able, take pictures and videos of the scene. These images may become key pieces of undisputed evidence as your case progresses down the road. Exchange information with witnesses and anyone else involved. Maintain all paperwork throughout the recovery process. Be careful to document medical appointments, vehicle repairs, expenses, and other related details. Also, it is important not to share details of the accident on social media.
Notify Auto Insurance
Multiple members of our team are former insurance attorneys. So the Accident Recovery Team is well versed in the tricks of the insurance industry and every excuse they offer. While on the phone with your insurance company, they will likely recommend a Direct Repair Facility to repair your car. This is a shop the insurance company has a contractual relationship with, one that will save the insurance company money. Most often, they are out-of-state corporate shops that do not have your best interest in mind. This often leads to overlooking expensive repairs and skimping on parts. You are not obligated to use the DRP and may want to shop around instead.
Also, do not discuss the accident with the other party’s insurance company without consulting your own attorney first. When the time comes, we also encourage you to not settle with insurance companies before consulting an attorney.
Talk to an Attorney
All accident claims encounter complicated snags along the way. And many questions arise after an accident. Who pays my medical bills? What if the other driver is uninsured? Will I be compensated for lost wages due to time off work after an accident? When drunk driving, digital distractions, heavy equipment or commercial vehicles are involved, legal expertise is even more important. If you were harmed as the result of another’s negligence, you are entitled to compensation.
The Accident Recovery Team can help. Call to ask questions and seek insight on your claim. Reach out to the Accident Recovery Team to review the details of your accident. You need strong, experienced legal representation working in your best interest to ensure you receive the benefits you’re entitled to after an accident. The consultation is free and you never pay a fee until your case is settled. Reach out on our website, over the phone or through any of our social media channels.