Motor Vehicle Accident Lawsuit FAQs (Pt. 1)
June 18, 2014
Motor vehicle accidents can leave you injured, frustrated and stressed out, especially if you were obeying the law and driving carefully when you were hit by a negligent or reckless driver. In the aftermath of these accidents, you may have questions about your rights, what type of compensation you are entitled to and what you need to do in order to get your case started.
In this multi-part blog, we’ll give you answers to some of the questions frequently asked by motor vehicle accident victims. Although the answers provided here are general, you can easily get more precise answers regarding your case by contacting the Portland motor vehicle accident attorneys at the Savage Law Firm.
Q: How do I know if another driver is to blame for the accident?
A: There may be some clear indications that another driver caused the accident. For instance, if the other driver is cited or arrested by police, they likely violated the law, and their negligence was likely to blame for the accident.
If, however, police didn’t issue tickets or make arrests after the accident, other drivers may still be considered to have been at fault. Meeting with an attorney and discussing the specific events of the accident will be crucial to determining whether the negligence of other motorists contributed to the accident and your rights to compensation in such cases.
Q: What should I tell my insurance company when I report the accident?
A: First of all, don’t wait to call your insurer after an accident. Your auto policy likely has some strict guidelines about how soon after a motor vehicle accident you are required to report that accident to the insurance company (and not complying these terms could cause problems later).
When you contact your insurance company to report the collision, only disclose the facts of the accident – such as when and where the accident happened, the drivers or other parties involved in the accident and whether you have already sought medical treatment for your injuries.
Do not, however, get tricked into accepting any blame for the accident, and don’t try to make any assignment of blame. What you say to your insurer could later be used to devalue your claim, so do your best to only mention the facts and nothing else. If you feel like you are being asked a question that may impact your claim or rights to compensation, you can simply say that you don’t know the answer or cannot answer that question at this time.
Check out the additional parts of this blog for some more motor vehicle accident lawsuit FAQs.
Portland Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyers at the Savage Law Firm
Have you been hurt in a motor vehicle accident? If so, don’t hesitate to contact the Portland motor vehicle accident attorneys at the Savage Law Firm. Since 1977, we have been dedicated to providing each of our clients with personal attention, respect and the highest quality legal services.
We realize how devastating traffic accidents can be, and our lawyers are here to aggressively defend injured people’s rights to both justice and compensation.
Portland & Seattle Lawyers
Our Portland motor vehicle accident attorneys encourage you to learn more about your rights and case by setting up a free initial consult. To learn more about our legal services and what we can do for you, call us at 503-222-0200 (in Portland) or at 206-957-7272 (in Seattle). You can also email us using the form on this page.
We represent clients in communities in both Oregon and Washington from our offices in Portland and Seattle.