Car accidents can have devastating and life-changing effects. If you have been involved in an accident, you may be facing serious injury or emotional trauma, as well as loss of your vehicle. However, compensation for your suffering and losses can help ease the burden and allow you to begin rebuilding your life. Car accident attorneys Randy Akin and Greg Burton use alternative dispute resolution methods whenever possible, but also do not hesitate to go to court for you to achieve the compensation you need. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, call our firm in Longview, TX, at (903) 297-8929 or contact us online to schedule your free case evaluation today.
Common Causes of Car Accidents
In personal injury cases, such as car accidents, determining who is at fault for the situation can be challenging. To establish who is liable for an accident, you must often ascertain what caused the accident. Common causes of car accidents include:
- Reckless driving
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Unsafe weather conditions
- Car design or manufacturing defects
- Improper roadway maintenance
- Drowsy driving
Effects of a Car Accident
When drivers or car manufacturers act irresponsibly, it can result in serious injury or even death. Car accidents can lead to serious injuries to the brain, head, back, and spine, including:
- Neck strains
- Disc damage or injury
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
Catastrophic injuries, such as those affecting the brain or spinal cord, can have devastating and far-reaching effects. You or your loved one may experience limited mobility or brain function. These symptoms can be brief or last a lifetime.
In addition to the physical effects, car accidents can produce serious psychological or emotional trauma, such as anxiety, mood swings, sleep disturbances, depression, or phobias. Many victims of car accidents experience post-traumatic effects for a year or more, which can disrupt their lives as much or more than the physical repercussions. Unfortunately, pain and suffering are not often factored into settlements from insurance companies.
What to Do after a Car Accident
The most important thing you can do after a car accident is stay calm. If an emergency medical service professional suggests that you seek medical care, you should do so right away. If you are able to stay on the scene, there are certain actions you can take to protect yourself and others:
- Check on the other drivers involved and see if they need medical attention.
- Safely move vehicles out of the way of traffic.
- Call the police and ask that they fill out a police report.
- If possible, collect the information of other drivers and any potential witnesses.
- Take pictures at the scene of anything that seems relevant.
- Avoid apologizing to anyone. This kind of statement may be used later as an admission of guilt.
If you do require medical attention, keep track of all treatments and medical expenses since this information can be helpful when determining a fair amount of compensation. After a car accident, there is no guarantee that your insurance company has your best interests in mind. Before signing anything, you should have your settlement reviewed by a qualified personal injury lawyer to ensure you receive enough compensation to restore your life after the physical and emotional damages of a car accident.
Protecting Your Best Interests
Having upheld many clients’ rights through both mediation and court proceedings, attorneys Randy Akin and Greg Burton will work hard to achieve the best possible outcome for you. Our team works on a contingency basis. This means that we will not be paid unless you collect compensation. Contact our office online or call us at (903) 297-8929 to schedule your free, no-obligation case evaluation today.