Car accidents are traumatic, physically and emotionally. You do not know how long it will take to recover, or even if complete recovery will occur. You may find yourself unable to return to work for a long time, and perhaps you can never return to the type of employment you had prior to the crash. You will also have to deal with the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC), which may prove an intimidating task.
If all of this seems overwhelming, help is available from our car accident law firm. The Kamloops car accident lawyers at Preszler Injury Lawyers are dedicated to helping victims of negligence. Our firm has offered legal services to victims of personal injury since 1959, and our record speaks for itself.
What to Do After a Car Accident
When you experience a serious car accident, it is often difficult to think beyond your injuries and the enormity of what just happened to you. However, if you are physically able to do so, it is critical to take certain actions after a crash. Get the license plate numbers of all vehicles involved, names, and contact information of the other driver or drivers, as well as any witnesses to the collision. If possible, use your phone to record the scene, including any tire or skid marks on the roadway.
Even if you do not think you were badly injured, seek immediate medical attention. The adrenaline rush after an accident can temporarily disguise the severity of an injury. Failure to seek prompt medical attention can mean an ICBC adjuster will claim injuries suffered were not severe or they did not occur as a result of the accident.
Remember that while you should report the accident to the ICBC within 24 hours, you do not have to give a signed statement. Sometimes, the ICBC adjuster pressures accident victims to sign a statement quickly, but there is no legal obligation to do so and it may harm your claim. Never give a signed statement before receiving advice from a qualified lawyer. It is easy for a person injured in an auto accident to inadvertently omit information in such a statement or otherwise provide information that an ICBC adjuster will later try to use against them. Remember that the insurance adjuster’s job is to settle for as little as possible.
One of the most important things to do after a car accident is to obtain legal counsel. A car accident lawyer will review your statement before it is submitted to the ICBC to protect your rights. If possible, it is wise to contact a lawyer before dealing with an ICBC adjuster. A Kamloops personal injury lawyer from our firm will work with you through every step of the process.
Contact Kamloops Car Accident Lawyers
If you or a loved one were injured in a motor vehicle accident because of another person’s negligence or recklessness, an experienced car accident lawyer at Preszler Injury Lawyers can help. Call us today or contact us online to arrange a free consultation. There is no fee unless we win.