First Steps After an Auto Accident
People do not prepare for motor vehicle accidents. They do everything they can to avoid them.
Unfortunately, even the best driver may not be able to avoid an accident caused by another driver’s negligence. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, you may be overwhelmed and unsure what to do.
That is where we come in…
Immediately after a Crash
IF YOU WERE JUST IN AN ACCIDENT, YOU SHOULD:
Stay on the Scene
Check for Injuries
Move to a Safe Location
Once your immediate health and safety are taken care of, you can move on to the next steps…
5 Basic Steps
for Dealing with a Car Accident
Get the Help You Need
AFTER AN AUTO ACCIDENT
The aftermath of a car accident may be overwhelming. Our team can help.
If you were involved in an accident or collision in Utah, it is important to act responsibly and follow state laws.
Our accident attorneys at Flickinger Sutterfield & Boulton have compiled a list of tips for what to do after a car accident. Following our advice can help protect your rights and your ability to collect compensation after a motor vehicle accident.
As soon as possible after your accident, we recommend reaching out to our attorneys. We can walk you through the process and negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf.
There are legal steps you may need to take after an accident, such as reporting the incident to the Department of Public Safety, as well as recommended actions to prevent the insurance company from denying your claim.
Following These Simple Steps
CAN HELP ENSURE YOU RECEIVE WHAT YOU DESERVE
Get Medical Attention
Receiving medical attention as soon as possible is critical for more reasons than one. Obviously, the sooner you get treatment, the sooner you can start on the road to recovery.
Additionally, it is important that your condition is properly documented. This documentation will play an important role in your personal injury case.
Don’t have health insurance? We will not let that stop you from getting the level of care you need after your auto accident.
Take Pictures and Gather Evidence
While on the scene, you should exchange information with other drivers involved, including:
Name, address, and contact details
Driver’s license number
License plate number
If your condition allows it, take photos of the accident scene, the damage to your vehicle, and your injuries. If you can also get the names of witnesses and other details, that can be helpful.
Address Property Damage
Getting your car fixed and setting up a rental to use in the meantime can be surprisingly complex.
Let us deal with it.
Our lawyers are here to help with this at no additional cost.
Do Not Sign Anything
While the law requires you to notify your insurance company about your accident, do not sign anything or give any recorded statements before consulting with an attorney.
The negligent driver’s insurance company may try and force you to sign a settlement that is much lower than you actually deserve.
Our attorneys can assess your case and determine the appropriate level of compensation.
Consult with an Attorney
At Flickinger Sutterfield & Boulton, we provide case evaluations free of charge.
Scheduling a consultation with one of our attorneys can help you understand what your case is worth.
We will investigate your accident and tailor a plan suited to your unique needs and concerns.
Our team is dedicated to helping our clients maximize the outcome of their cases.
“If You Have Been Injured, What’s Most Important Is That You Know Your Rights…”
“The right time to hire a lawyer is immediately after that person’s been injured…One ounce of prevention early on in a case can really save a pound of headaches later on…”
Our initial consultations are free of charge and can help you figure out whether or not you have a case.
Filing an Accident Report
According to Utah law, accidents involving injury, death, or property damage worth over $1,000 must be reported to law enforcement as soon as possible.
If the driver is too injured to do so, the passenger is responsible for contacting the authorities.
If you are unable to file the report due to an injury, you can postpone the task until you are able to complete it. Generally, the owner of the vehicle should file the report.
In the aftermath of an accident, it may be difficult to determine whether your incident is severe enough to need a report. We typically recommend calling the police after even minor accidents.
You may also need to provide information regarding your insurance coverage to the Utah Department of Public Safety (DPS).
AN EXCELLENT GROUP OF LAWYERS
“Flickinger Sutterfield and Boulton are an excellent group of lawyers. They worked together to help me with my case. All their staff is professional, honest, and efficient. I was impressed with their service. Because of them, I was able to receive all the medical care and money that I deserve for the injured that I suffered.”
We Can Help You
DEAL WITH THE AFTERMATH OF AN ACCIDENT
From left to right: Zeb Weeks, Mark Flickinger, Brett Boulton,
Kevin Sutterfield, Bruce Franson
For over 25 years, our team has represented injured individuals throughout Utah.
At Flickinger Sutterfield & Boulton, we have the legal skills and professional background to help you collect after a motor vehicle accident.
There are no upfront fees for hiring one of our attorneys and our team will be with you every step of the way.
Whether you were in a minor fender bender or a severe accident, we will work with you to find the optimal method of collecting and ensure you receive the money you need to recover.
For more information, contact our practice online or call our Provo office at (801) 753-1616 today.
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