Car Accident

Many car accidents are caused by the negligence or reckless driving of others. Unfortunately, over 30,000 people each year suffer a wrongful death from car accidents that were not their fault. Even if the accident does not result in death, you may suffer serious injuries that impact your ability to work and take care of your family.

It is crucial to contact the skilled lawyers at TopDog Law immediately after the accident and prior to speaking with the insurance company. We have proven procedures in place to conduct a free insurance review, a comprehensive investigation of the accident, and maximize your compensation or settlement.

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When is the Other Driver at Fault?
  Can I Get Compensation for my Car Accident Injury?

First and foremost, you are always compensated for your injury in nearly every state. The first source of compensation is your insurance company. In many states, every driver is required to have insurance. This is what is called a “no fault state” for car insurance coverage meaning that you are compensated by the insurance company whether or not you or the other driver caused the crash.

Usually, your insurance company will cover up to $15,000 worth of damages.

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If your injuries are more severe and go beyond this, the question becomes who is at fault?

Below are the most common scenarios where the other driver is at fault:

Driver Error

This is the most common cause of car accidents. Examples of driver error include speeding, driving under the influence, following too closely, failing to yield to the right of way and disregard of traffic control devices.

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Rear-End Collisions

The second most common reason why the other driver may be at fault, and you are entitled to additional compensation from a car accident, is because he or she rear-ended your vehicle. Rear-end collisions occur when the front-end of a car crashes into the back-end of another vehicle. Frequently, rear end collisions are caused by intoxication or cell phone use. On Interstate 76 and Interstate 95 in particular, rear-end collisions are far too common resulting in serious injuries or death. Even if you believe your symptoms are less serious, it is best to seek medical treatment immediately after the accident.

Texting and Other Driver Distractions

In 2015, 391,000 injuries were caused by distracted driving related accidents. Driver distraction is the cause of 58% of accidents involving teens. While the biggest problem is texting, other distractions include: GPS, music, makeup, reading, and many more.

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What Kind of Injury Will I Need to Prove for Additional Compensation?

It is easy to dismiss a car accident as a fender-bender. Particularly when a car is traveling at a slow rate of speed, many mistakenly assume he or she will walk away from the accident with no injuries. Far too often, however, symptoms like whiplash present themselves days after the accident. While whiplash may seem insignificant at first, it can cause permanent neck injuries that impact you for the rest of your life.

More serious injuries that often occur following a car accident are brain injuries and spinal cord injuries. A Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) occurs following a car accident far more frequently than most people realize. The same is true for a spinal cord injury (SCI). Importantly, the symptoms of these more serious injuries may take weeks to set in following a car accident.

How Do I Get the Most Money Possible in a Compensation or Settlement?

The best way to ensure that you receive the maximum settlement in your case is to follow the procedures outlined below.

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Call the Police

Most states require drivers to call the police when a car accident causes injuries or damages over a certain amount. A trained law enforcement officer will provide help if you've experienced injuries or damages by accurately recording what happened in their police report, getting you medical or roadside assistance if you have not already, and ensuring the other driver cooperates if they are at fault.

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Take Pictures & Collect Info from the Other Driver

One problem we’ve encountered is missing information in the accident report taken by police. For that reason, we urge you to write down the following:

  • The name of everyone in either vehicle including passengers.
  • The other driver’s name, phone number, address, and driver’s license info.
  • The other driver’s insurance info including the license plate number.
  • The name and phone number of any witnesses at the scene of the accident. The location of the accident & current road conditions (wet, icy, etc). The extent of damage to the vehicles including pictures of the Injuries.

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Seek Medical Care

Due to the sudden impact of a car accident, it is important to be cautious. Injuries like whiplash can take days to manifest. Thus, you may feel ok immediately after the accident only for symptoms to arise in the days following. Other, more serious injuries, like brain injuries (TBI) or spinal cord injuries may take even longer for you to notice. Therefore, we strongly advise scheduling an appointment with your doctor even if you do not feel that it is necessary. Often, the longer you wait to get medical care, the more difficult it is for us to get you maximum compensation.

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Call a Car Accident Lawyer

The most important piece of advice is to never talk to the other driver’s insurance company until you have consulted a lawyer. Insurance companies manipulate. They intentionally utilize strategies to force you to admit fault. This will hinder your ability to collect maximum compensation from them.

Contact a car accident lawyer at TopDog Law or CALL 844-456-9275. We make this process easy by walking you step by step through the process.

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Contact Your Insurance Company

After contacting your attorney, the lawyer should be helpful in guiding you through the remainder of the process. That includes speaking with your insurance company. A percentage of your driver’s insurance is dedicated towards medical expenses in the event of an accident. A lawyer can help you get as much as possible from your insurance company before you file a lawsuit against the other driver.

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How Much Does It Cost to Hire an Auto Accident Lawyer at TopDog Law?

Car Accident Lawyers Near Me

TopDog Law has easy-to-access offices across the country. We also pride ourselves in being a text message away. Our lawyers routinely travel to meet clients in their home or close to their home. Do not hesitate to reach out if you are unable to travel to one of our locations.

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