How to Protect Your Rights After a Truck, Car, or Motorcycle Accident
If you’ve been in a truck, car, or motorcycle accident in Minnesota, there are several steps you should take to protect your rights and ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. Here is a guide from the personal injury attorneys at McCullough & Associates on what to do after the crash:
Seek Medical Attention: Your health and safety should be your top priority. Call 911 or seek medical attention immediately, even if you feel okay. Many injuries may not be immediately apparent, and getting medical attention will help document any injuries that may have resulted from the accident.
Call the Police: Contact the police and file an accident report. The police report will document the details of the accident, including the date, time, location, and contact information for all parties involved. Be sure to obtain a copy of the report for your records. Sometimes, the other party may say something such as “we can handle this between us, here is my driver’s license and insurance no need to call the police” – Please don’t do this even if you are Minnesota Nice. It is important you call police and file an accident report.
Gather Information: Get the contact information of all drivers involved, as well as any witnesses. Take photos of the accident scene, including the damage to all vehicles, any injuries you have sustained, and any road conditions or environmental factors that may have contributed to the accident.
Notify Your Insurance Company: You are obligated to report the accident to your insurance company. If possible get advice from a trusted personal injury attorney before you contact your own insurance company. As at some point they likely will not be your “friend”. But your lawyer can advise you on what you need to say and should not say to protect yourself.
Contact a Personal Injury Attorney: It’s important to contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible after an accident. They can help you navigate the legal process and ensure that you receive the compensation you are entitled to. They can also help protect your rights and ensure that you don’t inadvertently say or do anything that may harm your case.
Don’t Discuss the Accident: Avoid discussing the accident with anyone other than your attorney, your doctor, or your insurance company. Don’t apologize or admit fault, even if you think you may have contributed to the accident. Anything you say can be used against you in court.
Keep Records: Keep all medical bills, receipts, and any other documentation related to the accident. This will help your attorney build a strong case and ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve.
The aftermath of an accident can be stressful and overwhelming. By following these steps and contacting an experienced personal injury lawyer, you can ensure that your rights are protected and that you receive the compensation you deserve.
McCullough & Associates has over 50 years of experience helping clients who have been involved in accidents and suffered injuries. We understand the challenges that come with recovering from an accident and the importance of receiving fair compensation. Past clients describe us as thorough, compassionate and not afraid to stand up to the insurance companies. We are dedicated to fighting for your rights and helping you through every step of the legal process.