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By John Kristensen of Kristensen, LLP posted in Other on Friday, April 23, 2021.
Your Rights As A Car Accident Victim

If you’ve ever been in a car accident, then you’re aware of how mentally and emotionally, and potentially physically, harmful the experience is and can be. Not to mention the damage to your car, as well as the time, energy, and overall costs to you (financial and otherwise) that automotive vehicle accidents require to be resolved. 


There are many parties involved other than just yourself and the party responsible for the accident, including law enforcement, medical dispatch workers, insurance companies, and attorneys – the responsible party’s attorney, insurance attorneys, and more. Even in the event that you were victimized in a horrible way, from the moment the accident occurs opposing parties will do everything they can to mitigate their liability. This includes taking advantage of your mental and emotional state in the hours and days immediately after the accident, when you’re vulnerable. This is why it’s important to know your rights as a car accident victim. Here they are:


Don’t Sign Anything


We don’t need to speculate on what may or may not be presented to you to sign in acknowledgment of some events, observations, supposed facts, or proposed settlements related to the accident in which you were the victim, but don’t sign anything. Especially not if such requests for your signature come from the guilty party’s attorney or insurance company. Even if a law enforcement officer asks for your signature, kindly suggest that you would like your attorney to review any documents before your signature.


Don’t Give Any Statements


Similarly to not signing anything, don’t give any statements. A common tactic by the insurance company of the guilty party is to request a recorded statement of events from the victim in order to process claims, especially before attorneys are involved.


You Have The Right To Seek Damages


These damages include injury, mental and emotional distress, medical bills, damage to property, loss of income and earning ability, and more. 


You Can Pursue Legal Action Against More Than The Other Driver


In addition to the guilty party, you can pursue legal action against any party fully or partly responsible for the accident, including road contractors, local and state agencies, and manufacturers related to the accident.


Of Course, Your Right To An Attorney


One of your most important rights should be obvious, and that’s your right to an attorney. While knowing your rights, including the ones previously mentioned, is both important and helpful in achieving the best outcome, hiring an attorney immediately after being the victim in an automobile accident is critical.


Kristensen LLP has represented automobile accident victims for years, winning substantial awards for its clients who have suffered financially, physically, and emotionally as a result of others’ negligence and fault. If you’ve been the victim of a car accident, call us immediately. We will protect your rights and help you get what you deserve.