Filing An Accident Claim in Alabama
Drake Law Firm has handled thousands of auto accident claims in Alabama and the Southeast. Whether it is a rear-ender, t-bone accident, drunk driver or an interstate accident with a 18-wheeler, our auto accident legal team stands ready to work for you.
You have just been in an auto accident with an 18-wheeler. Your automobile is totaled and you are recovering from your injuries. What next? Below is a checklist of do’s and don’ts that may help you during this time of frustration and uncertainty.
- Don’t give a recorded statement to the other driver’s insurance company before consulting with an auto accident attorney. The adjuster will call you and attempt to ask you questions about the accident. Ideally, it would be best for them if fault can be placed on you. It is best to review the accident report and gather your thoughts, preferably with an attorney’s guidance, before answering any questions.
- Complete your medical treatment. Never ever consider signing a release until you have reached maximum medical improvement (mmi). You may have asymptomatic (latent) conditions that may surface later, such as a bulging or herniated disc.
- Review your own insurance policy. It should provide med-pay benefits, uninsured coverage, collision coverage, etc., in the event the other driver does not have insurance. An auto accident lawyer can help you with this.
- Request an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) from your doctor. Standard radiographs (x-rays) are ineffective in showing common spinal injuries such as bulging discs, annular tears, etc.
- Consult with an auto accident lawyer! It may very well be that you will not need legal counsel for your particular situation. However, if you do need representation, it is better to start off with legal guidance sooner than later.
- Keep copies of all your bills and medical reports. Although your attorneys will order all your medical records and bills, he/she can assist you with bill collectors.
What We Can Do For You
After the accident, our investigators and, if necessary, an accident reconstruction expert, will evaluate the accident and meet with the investigating officer. All of this is done to properly prepare the claim for settlement or if necessary, a jury trial.
Only an experienced auto accident lawyer should handle your personal injury claim. Call us or submit your contact information to us today!
Written by the Office of Whit Drake