When you suddenly find yourself in a car accident, you are immediately bewildered by questions – what just happened? Am I ok? Are my passengers ok? How about the people in the car that hit me? Depending on the severity of the accident, you may be totally out of it at the accident scene. Whatever the scenario, as soon as your mind has cleared, there are a few vital things you should do without delay.

While you may have been taken to a hospital for your injuries,
you might not have been – often we see clients who get rear-ended by another car and feel like they escaped serious injury. A good practice is always seek medical attention after an accident – sometimes your injuries do not manifest themselves while you are in shock or even days later after you start to relax from the accident. An Emergency Room physician is specially trained to check for unseen and even unfelt injuries. So you should strongly consider getting checked out immediately by a doctor. Soft tissue injuries often do not hurt until days after the accident.

You may have been interviewed by an investigating police officer either at the scene of the accident or later at the hospital. You will need to get a copy of your statement, as well as the official accident report. It is important to know what is in that accident report as soon as possible.

Your car may be damaged or even be unable to drive – with your insurance company wanting to pay you immediately for the damage or even total your car out. Often the insurance company does not offer to pay you for the depreciated value of your wrecked car, which can be a substantial amount of money. So it is important to ask what and how much you are being paid above and beyond the money to simply make repairs to your car.

You may miss work due to the accident or all the inconveniences that pile on after an accident. Keep a record of this – all the hours you spend at the hospital, doctor’s office, talking with insurance adjusters, going to get your car, etc. If you are an hourly wage employee, you should be able to recoup your lost wages.

At Campbell & Associates, our attorneys and staff will work with you to help you with all of the above. We can not only obtain the accident report, but we can interview the police officer to see what the other driver said at the scene of the accident, as well as any emergency responders to the accident scene – often these key witnesses have very good information that is not recorded in the accident report and it’s really important to talk to them as soon as possible after the accident while their memory is fresh. It is your only accident, but they are involved in responding to accidents every day.

At Campbell & Associates, we can be your voice and advocate in discussions with the insurance company or insurance adjuster. We will make sure that all of your claims are not only raised, but pursued vigorously.

Our goal is get your full and sufficient compensation for your physical injuries, your physical pain and suffering, your mental distress, your lost wages, your property damage to your car, your inconveniences, and your medical bills. We represent our clients on a contingency fee basis, which means you do not pay us any attorney’s fees unless and until we recover compensation for you.