Injured in a car accident? Not sure about the steps after a car accident claim? Watch this video to learn what to do to protect your rights.
What are the steps in a car accident claim?
When someone’s involved in a car accident, the first major step is to make sure that your medical treatment is taken care of. If you feel like you can’t leave the scene on your own, you should get an ambulance to the station. We tell people to try to secure an accident report, secure witnesses, things of that nature. Past that, you have a 30-day process to file what’s called a no-fault application with the insurance carrier that’s going to provide your no-fault benefits, whether it’s your vehicle that you were in or if you’re a passenger in someone else’s vehicle. If you’re involved in an accident with a government vehicle, you have to understand you have to file a notice of claim within 90 days with that municipality about the accident. Beyond that, in typical car accident cases, there’s a 3-year statute of limitations to actually file an action. With a municipality, it’s usually a year and 90 days; there’s a couple municipalities where it’s even a little shorter. That’s why you really need a lawyer involved early, to make sure that your rights are protected and you don’t mess up by not filing something timely. If you fail to file something timely, it could mean that your case never gets heard and you never get compensated for your injuries.
Were you or a loved one seriously injured in a wreck and have questions about the steps after a car accident case? Contact a Hamburg car accident lawyer at Chiacchia and Fleming today for a free confidential consultation and case evaluation. Let our experience work for you.
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Someone called our office looking for help with a car accident case in Florida. We practice in Western New York, but we found this personal injury firm in Pensacola, FL that did a great job with their online guides and videos. If you or someone you know has any questions about car accidents in Florida, take a look at their online Florida Car accident Guide.