Sunday, May 19, 2013

How I Survived A Car Accident (and Medical And Legal Bills)


All it takes is one automobile accident, a car crash that causes substantial personal or property damage to you and other people, to drain your bank account. It's not something you likely want to consider. But, it happens, more than you might think. In fact, nearly every 10 seconds someone in America receives emergency medical care due to having been in a car crash. What this means, is that the chances of you spending a bulk of your life savings just to cover legal and medical expenses related to the accident may be greater than you're prepared to stomach.

For example, in 2009 there were more than 10 million car accidents reported in the United States according to the Census Bureau. As an experienced attorney, including a Suwanee car accident attorney knows, surviving a car crash demands your undivided attention, from the moment the crash occurs all the way until any lawsuits (civil or criminal), medical examinations and emotional struggles are resolved. This could take several months to a year or longer.

Responding to a car crash
Expect to be emotionally shaken, perhaps even fearful and anxious, after you get in a car crash. Contact the police, alerting them to the fact that you have been involved in an accident. Furthermore, if you're not severely injured, get out of your car and check yourself for injuries. Also, check your vehicle for damages. If your vehicle's position or location doesn't present a danger to passersby, leave your automobile where it is until the police arrive.

Speak with passengers and other drivers, asking them if they are okay as well as exchanging contact information with them. If you're able to drive your automobile home, that's a very good thing. However, your challenges may be far from over. Even if you didn't experience significant bodily injuries, there's a likelihood that you may need the support of an experienced Suwanee car accident attorney.

Saving money with a car accident attorney
Although you'll generally have to contact your insurance company and file a claim, if you work with a Suwanee car accident attorney who is experienced with personal injury law, has an effective court strategy and a welcoming approach and attitude, you can leave medical and legal wrangling to your attorney. This is when having the right accident lawyer could save you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars.

For instance, bills the right attorney could keep you from having to pay include traffic tickets and fines, passenger medical bills, for medical recuperation equipment, at-home care, court fees, legal expenses for injuries parties and automobile repairs. You could also avoid getting harassed by bill collectors, should you become too injured to work.

At first glance, it might not appear as if these expenses could reach tens of thousands of dollars. Unfortunately, that's not the case. In fact, the Centers for Disease and Control Prevention (CDC) stated in 2010 that loss of productivity and medical expenses related to automobile accidents costs more than $99 billion nationally. The $99 billion equates to about $500 for each American citizen.

Because simply hiring a Suwanee car accident attorney doesn't guarantee that you'll receive quality representation, it's worth it to check out attorneys you're thinking about hiring. For example, you could check to see if attorneys are members of organizations like the American Association for Justice, their state bar and district courts. Also, ensure that attorneys employ a team of talented and experienced investigators, researchers, associates, assistants and paralegals.

Sources:
http://lawyerlocator.lawyers.com/auto-accidents/factors-to-consider-when-hiring-an-automobile-accident-attorney/ (Lawyer Locator)

http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/cats/transportation/motor_vehicle_accidents_and_fatalities.html (United States Census Bureau)

http://www.rmiia.org/auto/traffic_safety/Cost_of_crashes.asp (Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association)


This article was writte by Rhonda Campbell. Rhonda enjoys free lance writing and spending time with her husband and three children.

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