Being involved in a car accident is stressful under any circumstances, but it’s especially frustrating if the crash was not your fault. And if you’ve suffered serious injuries in a collision, you’ll certainly want to know what to do about it.
The Oklahoma car accident lawyers at Ryan, Bisher, Ryan & Simons understand how a crash can turn your world upside down, especially when someone else is to blame.
Below, you’ll find advice from our attorneys about how to protect your health and legal rights after a car accident.
6 Steps to Take After a Car Accident in Oklahoma
Here are the steps you should take after a car accident once you’ve seen a doctor for your injuries:
- Don’t agree to give a recorded statement or sign release forms to the insurance company until you’ve spoken to an experienced car accident lawyer.
- Keep any evidence you have from the accident (e.g., medical records, receipts, photos, witness information, the police report, etc.).
- Follow your doctor’s treatment plan precisely.
- Stay off of social media and avoid making any public statements about the crash.
- Start a journal to document your daily pain as well as how your injuries impact your everyday life.
- Be honest with your doctor. Don’t minimize your injuries, but don’t exaggerate them either.
Examples of Accidents That Are Not Your Fault
In any car accident, someone —or multiple parties — will be at fault. Common examples of crashes involving negligent drivers include:
- Drunk or drugged driving accidents: Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a crime. While you cannot recover compensation in a car accident based solely on the other driver being charged with a crime, it is a strong piece of evidence in your favor as the insurance company investigates the accident.
- Speed or reckless driving crashes: Being hit by a driver who was speeding or engaging in other reckless behavior (e.g., running a red light) are other examples of crashes caused by driver negligence. Breaking traffic laws can certainly support the case that the other driver in a collision was careless and at least partly liable for the wreck.
- Mechanical defects: If an accident is caused by a design or manufacturing defect with your vehicle, you could have a product liability claim against the designer, manufacturer, or distributor of the faulty part.
- Poor weather or road conditions: Some accidents are caused by circumstances that are beyond our control, such as a sudden storm or a road that has deteriorated due to poor maintenance. In these cases, you may not be found liable for the crash as long as you did everything you could to prevent it.
When Should I Contact a Lawyer After a Car Accident?
It’s best to contact a lawyer as soon as possible if you were injured in a car accident. The sooner your lawyer can begin an investigation, the sooner he or she can begin fighting for the compensation that you’re owed from the at-fault party.
Keep in mind there is a two-year statute of limitations (or deadline) for filing a personal injury lawsuit in Oklahoma. If you fail to act within this timeframe, you could miss out on getting the money you deserve for your injuries, property damage, and more.
If you’ve been hurt, let the Oklahoma car accident attorneys at Ryan, Bisher, Ryan & Simons provide the effective and efficient representation you are entitled to. Call or contact us today for a free consultation.