How can we help you?
- Get information about crash claims
- Learn about your legal rights
- Talk to a lawyer about your crash claim
Car crashes are not “accidents.”
An accident just happens: it not predictable or preventable.
The majority of car crashes are not accidents. They are the predictable result of poorly designed streets, unsafe vehicles—or drivers who make bad decisions, such as:
- Distracted driving;
- Not considering roadway conditions;
- Failing to pay proper attention;
- Ignoring traffic signals; or
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Information on crash claims
Get medical care.
If you were hurt in the crash, the most important thing you can do is get the recommended medical treatment.
No one is ready for the life-changing consequences of a car crash. You may be dealing with a variety of injuries and problems, including:
Physical: Serious collisions can result in broken bones, head trauma, brain injury, spinal cord damage, and internal injuries.
Mental: One driver’s bad choice can change your life in a second. Violent, traumatic crashes and the aftermath of recovery can be very hard on mental health.
Emotional: It can be difficult for others to understand how emotionally hard it is to experience a life-threatening event—or to lose someone in a fatal crash.
If you need help, get it.
Don’t push yourself too hard. Sometimes, people who return to work or stop medical treatment before they are healed end up having terrible relapses.
Time makes it much harder to reconstruct what happened.
Keep a file of documents and information, including:
- Medical bills and related expenses;
- Police or incident reports;
- Photographs of the scene, the vehicle damage, and the injuries caused by the crash;
- Property damage estimates;
- Work time lost, and
- Correspondence from insurance companies or law firms.
Open an insurance claim.
Even if the crash was not your fault, you need to notify your insurance company. If you have not already done so, contact your own auto insurance company and open a claim.
Your insurance company will assign an adjuster to your claim. Depending on the number of vehicles and people involved in the crash, several insurance companies may assign adjusters.
Be cautious about speaking with the other driver’s insurance company. Do not give a recorded statement without speaking to a lawyer.
For more detailed information, review this guide to understanding your car insurance.
You should not consider an offer of settlement until you have fully recovered from your injuries.
If your injuries are permanent, then talk with your doctors about long term care needs.
Your legal rights
You have the right to talk to a lawyer before speaking with an insurance company.
We often hear that the other driver has “admitted fault” at the scene of the crash. The injured person believes that their bills and damages will be covered.
But once insurance companies gets involved, the at-fault driver may change their story … or the insurance company may blame you. Many personal injury law firms, including Coluccio Law, offer a free consultation.
You have the right to chose where, and how, your vehicle is repaired.
Your vehicle might be a total loss. But many people find that the insurance company recommends repair, and offers a “preferred” auto repair shop. These mechanics may have deals with the insurance company, but you are not obligated to have your car repaired there.
You have the right to have any offers of settlement reviewed by an attorney.
Sometimes, people sign away their right to fair compensation without realizing it. Call an attorney, and make sure your crash settlement is the best option for you.
Attorney Kevin Coluccio has been helping car crash victims get justice since 1985. He has helped hundreds of injured people get through a difficult process – find out if Coluccio Law can help you.
Featured Car Crash Case
“Smith” Family v. “John Doe” Company
$1.6 million settlement
On Easter Sunday, the Smith family was driving to dinner with friends in Washington. That day turned tragic when a truck crossed the center line and struck their car head-on, at high speed.
The mother was horribly injured. She was airlifted from crash site to a local trauma hospital. Other family members also sustained injuries. Sadly, the family dog did not survive.
The other driver had been drinking, and was driving a company truck. At first, Doe Company’s insurance disputed their liability for the Smith family’s huge medical bills, and the injuries caused by their employee.
An investigation found he had a history of drinking and then driving the company vehicle. We also learned that other company personnel, including supervisors, would drink with this driver and knew about his dangerous behavior.
Doe Company’s insurance changed their position after the investigation.
The mother had a long hospital stay. She underwent months of rehabilitation. Through her hard work and the support of her family, she has made a successful recovery, although she has some permanent disabilities.
Kevin Coluccio obtained a 1.6 million dollar settlement to provide the family with necessary resources for her care, and to hold the company and its driver accountable.