Frequently Asked Questions About What To Do After A Car Accident
1. What do I do after I have been in a car accident?
At the scene of a car accident, your first responsibility is to remain safe. Make sure you watch for traffic before you exit your vehicle. If you have been injured, allow first responders to treat you. Stay calm, contact the authorities and do not move your vehicle unless it is blocking traffic. Use your phone’s camera to document the scene, including the location of each vehicle and any damage involved. Be sure to record the names of witnesses. After leaving the scene, evaluate your injuries. If you think you require medical attention, go to the emergency room as quickly as possible, and follow your doctor’s instructions for treatment. At this point, you should consider contacting an attorney, especially if you have been injured.
2. Questions about when to call the police after a car accident?
Visit our specialized Contacting the Police After a Car Accident page for information about what to do after an accident and if and when to file a police report.
3. Questions about determining fault after a car accident?
Visit our specialized Determining Fault After a Car Accident page for more information about how fault is determined and what a no-fault car accident means.
4. Questions about how a car accident will affect your insurance?
Visit our specialized Insurance After a Car Accident page for more information about what is covered, when to report, filing a claim, fault, paying your deductible, and accident forgiveness.
5. After a car accident, how long do I have to sue?
In Alabama, the statute of limitations following a car accident is two years. If you have been seriously injured, it’s important you contact an attorney for a consultation as quickly as possible to help ensure you receive the maximum compensation to which you may be entitled.
6. After a car accident, how much is my pain and suffering worth?
Determining how much compensation to seek is important if you intend to pursue monetary damages for personal injuries suffered in a car accident. Sadly, no single method or standard figure applies. The value of your claim will depend on the extent and long-term effects of your injuries. An experienced personal injury attorney can properly evaluate your claim to determine the value of your claim for pain and suffering. Just remember that the amount of money you can recover for pain and suffering varies greatly with the facts and circumstances of each individual claim.
7. Questions about how a car accident will affect your driving record?
Visit our specialized Driving Records After a Car Accident page for more information about how your record can be affected and how many points can accrue.
8. Questions about injuries and seeing a doctor after a car accident?
Visit our specialized Injuries After a Car Accident page for more information on when to seek medical attention, common injuries to look out for, and the odds of a fatal car accident in Alabama.
9. What is the average total cost of a car accident?
Car accidents in the United States cost each person approximately $820 a year, for a total of more than $230 billion annually. The average cost of property damage resulting from a car accident is roughly $7,500. A disabling, non-fatal injury can cost around $61,600, while a fatal injury can cost $1,130,000. The average cost varies greatly depending on several influential factors.
10. What are the best ways to avoid a car accident?
Many car accidents in Alabama can be traced back directly to speeding or distracted driving. One of the most common distractions is cellphone use. At the same time, many accidents are also the fault of pedestrians. Mechanical failure or improper vehicle maintenance—including brakes, tires, suspension, and steering, are other common causes.