According to a report by U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray Lahood, 2010 updated data shows that US highway deaths fell to 32,885 for the year, the lowest level since 1949. An interesting fact is that this decline occurred even though American drivers increased their driving distance by 46 billion miles (1.6%) over the 2009 level. 2010 had the lowest fatality rate ever recorded with 1.10 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled in 2010, down from 1.15 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled in 2009. Unfortunately, fatalities rose among pedestrians, motorcycle riders, and large truck occupants. Every car accident victim should seek medical attention if they have been injured. Car accident victim injuries can include whiplash, head and brain injury, damages to joints, bones, muscles and various other soft tissue injuries not to mention psychological injuries. Here are some tips to keep in mind if you have been in an accident:
Facts to consider:
- Stop. If you get in a crash, you must stop. If you leave the scene of an accident - there can be criminal charges against you.
- Call for help. If someone is injured, call 911. If not, your first call should then be to the police. The police will advise as to whether the crashed vehicles should be moved out of traffic, and will take statements from the drivers and passengers involved.
- Gather information. Get the names, addresses and phone numbers of everyone at the scene, especially witnesses.
- Go see a doctor/emergency room. You may have injuries of which you’re unaware. If you are examined by a doctor make sure you are specific in explaining how the accident happened and any and all injuries and problems you sustained as a result.
- Call Law Offices of Jason E. Taylor. If you’ve been injured, you may need a lawyer to make sure every effort is made for you to obtain a fair resolution of your claim.
- Don’t sign anything. If an insurance adjuster shows up, don’t give any statements and don’t sign anything. If you give a statement this could be used against you when you are trying to settle.
- Call your insurance carrier after you have consulted with a lawyer.
- An insurance adjuster’s job is working for the insurance companies to save them money and settle claims quickly. Do not let them pressure you into settling. If you are not sure what to do consult an attorney. Most attorneys do not charge until your case is resolved.
- All claims have a time limit on resolving them. This is called the statute of limitations. You must settle your claim or file a lawsuit before the statute of limitations expires or your claim will be forever barred. The statute varies from case type to case type and from state to state. North Carolina, statute of limitation for negligent acts is generally 3 years from the date of occurrence. However, this changes if the accident involved death, minors and certain other facts. When consulting a lawyer, make the statute of limitations one of the first issues you address.
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Not Insured or Underinsured:
Many drivers are not insured or are underinsured; these cases can be very complicated and an attorney can help you protect your rights and your money. In these circumstances, your insurance company becomes potentially liable to you and therefore adversarial. That means they are not “on your side” or with “good hands.” Be careful, call me: 1-800-351-3008. Cases involving commercial vehicles and large trucks are different than those involving private vehicles. Visit our Commercial Vehicle Wrecks page to learn how to protect your rights. If you have been in a car accident please do not hesitate to contact us or call toll free at 800.351.3008 for your FREE CONSULTATION. We have handled car accident cases throughout the United States and we look forward to the opportunity to serve your legal needs.
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