Steps to Take After a Car Accident
If you were involved in a car accident, there are some helpful steps to take to ensure you do not inadvertently break the law and that you positively impact your insurance claim.
- Remain at the scene. Leaving the scene of an accident, even one you did not cause, is a criminal offense and you may find that you face criminal charges if you willfully leave the scene of an accident without exchanging driver and insurance information with the other parties involved.
- Notify your insurance company of what occurred
- Seek medical attention. Even if you feel that you may not be seriously injured, it is crucial that you are looked at by a doctor. At times car accident injuries may not present immediately.
- Do not talk to anyone about what caused the accident. Do not give a statement to the insurance company or law enforcement regarding whether or not you may have caused the accident.
- Contact an attorney as soon as possible. With proper legal counsel from a lawyer experienced in handling car accident cases, you can be sure that your interests are protected.
How Long Do I Have to File a Claim?
If you were involved in a truck, car or motorcycle accident in Oklahoma, you have 2 years from the date of the accident to file a claim or lawsuit. If the claim is against a government entity, however, restrictions may apply. It is therefore important to discuss your particular case with an attorney.
What Types of Financial Compensation Is Available
The specific amount and type of compensation to which you may be entitled will vary depending on the particular circumstances of your accident. Generally speaking, however, you may be able to recover money for medical expenses, loss of earnings, pain and suffering and emotional trauma. A lawyer can investigate the matter to determine the true worth of your claim.
Why Is It Important To Discuss Your Claim With An Attorney?
It is very important to understand that motor vehicle accidents are serious and may have lasting financial, physical, and emotional impacts on a victim. Although many collisions are minor and may cause little to no injury, accidents that leave one or more victims hospitalized or suffering from serious injuries require the immediate attention of an experienced lawyer.
You will need to deal with the insurance claim, law enforcement, and the other driver, and may find that you have difficulty in recovering the fair financial compensation you need for medical care, damage to your vehicle, and more. An Oklahoma City car accident lawyer at our offices can work to protect your legal rights while properly presenting your claim and seeking fair compensation on your behalf. All of this will be handled while you focus on what counts: healing and moving on with your life.
An Oklahoma City car accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Stipe & Belote offers you experienced legal counsel and can help you address your car and truck accident concerns. No matter what type of accident you have been involved in, you can have confidence in our law firm's ability to represent your rights and interests.
Car, Truck & Motorcycle Accident Claims in Oklahoma City
The legal team at the Law Offices of Stipe & Belote understands what you are going through after experiencing a serious car accident.
- Our law firm assists clients who have been injured in all types of motor vehicle accidents, including those that involve:
- Tractor trailers
- 18 wheelers
- Driver distraction
- Drunk driving
- Texting while driving
- Sport bikes
- Multi-vehicle collisions
- Head on accidents
- Rear end collisions
- Side impact crashes
We represent clients who have suffered any type of car accident injury, utilizing more than 40 years of collective legal experience to develop effective legal strategies that address a client's unique needs and concerns. With our resources, we are also able to fully investigate these matters to determine how to prove the true worth of a claim.
Best of all...
We will keep you informed through the entire process to help ensure your peace of mind and to give you the quickest recovery possible.
When you file your insurance claim for your truck, car, motorcycle, or pedestrian accident, you may find that the insurance company will attempt to unfairly deny or delay payment of your claim. The most common scenario is for the insurance company to offer you a low settlement that does not cover all of your post-accident expenses.
A lawyer experienced in handling motor vehicle accident claims can negotiate with the insurance company to seek a fair settlement or can take your case to civil court to work toward a verdict in your favor.
Contact the Law Offices of Stipe & Belote for Powerful Representation!
Our law firm handles all types of car accidents, truck accidents, bicycle accidents and all types of motorcycle accidents on a contingency basis. Not only is your initial consultation free, but you pay no out of pocket legal fees and pay nothing for our services unless we win your case and recover a negotiated settlement or jury award on your behalf.
There is truly no risk involved with discussing your accident with an experienced Oklahoma auto accident lawyer at our offices. We will take the time to talk to you about what occurred and determine how we can help you with your insurance claim or lawsuit.
Contact us today to get started on your case with a free, no-obligation consultation!