What is a Total Loss after a Car Wreck?

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This is Why Your Car Wreck Results in a Total Loss

By its very nature a wreck is confusing, scary, and often causes physical injury or death.  But when you’re struggling with insurance after your wreck, and they have deemed your vehicle to be a “total loss,” what does that mean and what are you supposed to do?

As your Texas car accident lawyer, we’re here to help ensure that you’re not taken advantage of by the insurance companies.  Let’s start by understanding some of their lingo.

What is a Total Loss?

Total Loss is a term that insurance companies use when it’s determined that the cost to fix the vehicle exceeds the value of the vehicle itself.

For example, you have a car worth $10,000 and you’re hit by another motorist.  The body shop looks things over and determines that it would cost $10,001 (or more) to restore your vehicle.  Because it’s cheaper to replace it; the insurance company says it’s a total loss and cuts you a check for what they determine to be the replacement value.

There’s one big glaring problem here though.  A total loss, in the insurance’s eyes, is anything over 70% of the value of the vehicle.  So if your vehicle is worth $10,000 but will cost $7,000 to fix, it’s still a total loss.

What can You do about a Total Loss Car Wreck?

Let’s suppose you’re right there on the border.  And the insurance company has declared you to be at that 70% threshold, so they’re claiming the vehicle is totaled.

Now what?

You have a couple of options here.  You might still be able to have your vehicle fixed.

First Option: Have the value of the vehicle re-assessed.  Often insurance doesn’t account for everything on your rig.  So if you’ve updated wheels, added off-road lights, tinted the windows, or anything that increases the value of the vehicle, you can have it reassessed so that the repairs don’t go over that 70% mark.

Second Option:  Get a second opinion on repairs.  You can take your rig to any body shop that you want.  If another shop determines the repairs would cost less, you can show that repairs are below 70% of the assessed value.

Third Option:  When a car is totaled the insurance company buys it from you.  You can accept a lower offer for your vehicle, and maintain possession.  This usually isn’t a good deal; the offer usually drops by half, or more, and isn’t worth keeping a crumpled up vehicle.

When does an Attorney help with Your Car Wreck?

Generally speaking, if your wreck didn’t result in injuries, an attorney isn’t going to be able to help very much.  It comes down to the value of your property.

Property, like your vehicle, has a pretty hard and fast amount attached to it.  Even if we argue that the vehicle is worth more than it is on paper (due to sentimental attachment, value as a daily driver, and more), it’s not going to increase the amount you receive by enough to justify the time and effort put into your claim.

Your well-being is worth far more than a vehicle ever will be worth.  If you’re injured, the insurance company knows they can minimize the impact on your life, and throw out a settlement offer that’s not going to fully compensate you for loss.  But if you accept it, they wipe their hands and don’t owe you anything else.

Your car wreck attorney is going to show that you’ve suffered a major loss.  And the insurance company not only needs to pay for the property damage, but pain and suffering that you’re going through.

How to Work with Herbert Law Group

Herbert Law Group knows how to talk with insurance companies.  Your car accident lawyers can persuade and show that you’re suffering and you deserve to have the financial stress removed from your life.

Let’s get started.  Give us a call at 214-414-3808, or fill out the contact form on our site.  We’ll get to know you, find out the details of your accident, and then just let us handle the rest.

How a Car Accident Affects Mental Health

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Mental Health can Take a Hit after an Accident

We know the issues that can come up after an accident.  There is a high risk of TBI, or traumatic brain injury.  Broken bones, back problems, lacerations, and more are often results of major car wrecks.  These physical impairments are often easy to see (some hidden injuries do exist).

Some of the most ignored, overlooked, and neglected injuries, however, happen to our mind.  Our mental health can take a serious hit when we’ve experienced trauma.  In order to heal completely, we have to make sure to heal the mind as well as the body.

Mental Health Problems after a Car Wreck

After most accidents, you will experience some form of shock.  Don’t worry, it’s your body’s natural response to trauma.  In the event that medical personnel don’t arrive for some time, that shock will keep you calm until they do.

Shock, however, doesn’t always fade away quickly.  It can last for days, and sometimes even weeks.  Prolonged shock needs to be addressed.

In addition, that traumatic experience can come back in the form of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  Usually ascribed to soldiers after being in battle, PTSD isn’t limited to just war-time.  Long after your wreck, flashbacks or nightmares may be triggered by seemingly benign factors.

Other psychological issues can arise after a car accident too.  Anxiety and depression may set in.

Anxiety shows up when it comes time to drive again.  Despite the majority of our time on the road going smoothly and without incident, you may become anxious behind the wheel.  In a state of constant worry that another wreck will happen.

Depression can be a result of being unable to come to terms with these mental health issues.  Hopelessness around the situation and being able to heal can compound and continue to make things worse instead of letting you get better.

How to Heal from Mental Health Problems

There’s no one solution for everybody.  One person may not have any problems after the wreck, while another might suffer for weeks, months, or even years.

No matter what the length of the mental health issues happens to be, the way to heal is the same.

There are counselors, therapists, and psychologists that specialize in helping people after major car accidents.  If you’re in need of mental healthcare after your wreck, it’s important to reach out to them right away so that you can get rid of some of that stress in your life.

How Herbert Law Group Helps you Heal

Healing from psychological wounds takes a lot of focus and time.  When you’re struggling with insurance companies that are trying to minimize your claim, you lose focus and run out of time.

That’s what Herbert Law Group is here for.  We take that battle off your plate, so that you have one goal: to come to terms with what happened, and be able to get on with your life as normally as possible.

If you’re struggling after a wreck, let us help you get on the path to healing.

Fill out the contact form on our site, or give us a call at 214-414-3808.

If you need assistance immediately, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is open 24/7 to help you through hard times.  You can call them at 1-800-273-8255.

Why a Personal Injury Lawyer Might Decline Your Car Crash Case

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Personal Injury Lawyers May Turn You Away

Navigating the tricky legal waters after a wreck is not something the average person should have to go alone.

There are, however, times that a personal injury lawyer will refuse to take on your case.  It’s not that you aren’t worth it, or that you shouldn’t be helped, but usually it’s a matter of whether or not things will work out beneficially for all parties involved.

Here are a few of the times when a car crash case just simply isn’t a good fit.

Conflict of Interest Cases

One of the biggest reasons an attorney might choose not to accept your car crash case, is because there is a conflict of interest.

These reasons can be wide, and can sometimes fall under the catch-all category of “personal reasons.”

But generally it has something to do with the nature of the wreck.  Maybe you were injured by someone that the attorney knows or is related to.  Perhaps the surrounding circumstances would put another case in jeopardy.  Maybe you’re a known drug kingpin generally looked down upon by society and it wouldn’t be a good image to defend you in court.

Legal Fees would be too Expensive

What these cases come down to is finances.  The insurance company is clinging tightly to their money, while you’re requesting enough to cover your bills and compensate you for the trauma you have experienced.

The problem lies in how much it can cost to argue these cases.  And how much time and costs are required by the lawyer before compensation is recovered.  A simple example is that if it’s going to cost $10,000 in court and legal fees, but you’ll only be able to recover $5,000, then it doesn’t make sense to lose money on the case.

The Evidence is not on your Side

Sometimes you might be the victim, but the evidence just isn’t there to justify your car crash case.

Your personal injury lawyer has to have a strong belief that they will win your case.  Losing means that their track record goes down: and they can’t show just how powerful they are in court.  But it also means that they don’t have the resources to stay in business.

Many personal injury lawyers work on a contingent basis (where the lawyer doesn’t get paid until they win your case).  If the chances of winning are slim, it can mean that they spend a lot of money and time and ultimately don’t get paid.  This reduces their ability to fight for future clients.

Herbert Law Group is on Your Side

Should the idea that your case might not be a good fit stop you from reaching out?

Absolutely not!

Our goal is to ensure that anyone injured in a car wreck in Texas has the legal help that they need in order to receive compensation that will actually cover their losses.

The only way that we can make sure we are a good fit is to have a conversation with you.  We want to talk it over, get the details, and if we can help we absolutely will help.

So, let’s chat.  Give us a call at 214-414-3808, or fill out the contact form on our site, and we will be in touch soon.

Hidden Injuries from a Car Accident

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Not all Injuries are Visible

Immediately following a wreck, you may not feel as though any damage has been done to your body.  Adrenaline is pumping, there are dozens of things demanding your attention, and you’re wondering “what next?”

It’s not uncommon to walk away from a wreck, only to find out later that you’ve suffered from some severe hidden injuries that, if left untreated, could cause permanent damage, or even have fatal results.

What Hidden Injuries can occur?

One of the most common, and most severe, injuries from a car wreck is damage to the brain.  Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and severe concussions occur in a large number of accidents out there.  But those aren’t the only injuries that result from a severe accident.

The spleen, kidneys, and liver among the most commonly injured organs.  However, the heart and lungs can be injured quite often as well.

Here’s what happens.

When you are in the vehicle, you’re moving along with the speed of your rig.  We have all experienced what happens when we have to slam on the brakes; our bodies try to keep moving forward and are hopefully held in place by our seatbelts (you’re wearing your seatbelt, right?).

Consider your body as the vehicle, and your organs as the passengers.  When your body comes to a sudden stop, your organs try to keep moving inside you in much the same manner as your body does inside the car.  The difference, however, is that your organs aren’t buckled in.

When your body is slammed against a surface, such as the inside of the vehicle or the ground, your organs continue to travel at the same speed until they’re smacked against the inside of your body.

How to know if you have Hidden Injuries

Since your adrenaline is pumping and keeping you alert and more or less numb to pain, how are you supposed to know if you’re suffering from internal injuries?

Your first clue is to look at how severe the wreck was.  Should you have been injured, but somehow you don’t feel as though you were?  There’s a good chance you have some hidden injuries.

The second way to know is because after a severe accident, you should always get checked out by a doctor right away.  The doctor will know what could have been injured in the wreck, and is able to look at some of the less noticeable symptoms that you might not even consider.  Symptoms like dilated pupils, chest pain, numbness, dizziness, and bruising.

Depending on the injury, immediate medical care could end up saving your life.

Let Herbert Law Group Help with your Recovery

There are two recoveries going on after an accident.

The first priority is recovering your health.  Letting one of the car wreck experts at Herbert Law Group handle the legal stuff clears a whole lot of stress off your plate.  Less stress means you can recover your health faster.

The second recovery is monetary.  After a major wreck you are faced with serious losses.  There was damage to your property, damage to your body, damage to your ability to work and function fully, damage to your emotions and psyche, and possibly damage to your relationships.

Will you be able to focus on recovering your health, while you are focusing on recovering your monetary losses as well?

After a car wreck, we need to talk.  Call us at 214-414-3808, or fill out the contact form on our site and we’ll reach out regarding your free initial consultation.

What do I do if I’m the Victim of a Hit and Run?

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Knowing your Rights in a Hit and Run Accident

Every year there are around 700,000 hit and run accidents across the US.  That’s almost 15% of all the car accidents on any given year.

That statistic is so high, that if you’re involved in a car wreck, it’s pretty likely that the other person is going to flee the scene.  This puts a lot of unnecessary pressure on you, the victim.  So let’s break this thing down on what you can do, and what you should reasonably expect.

What to Do Immediately Following an Accident

There are two types of crashes: severe and not as severe.  In the severe ones, there are likely injuries, and you may or may not be conscious.  In those situations the best you can do is remain calm and wait for help to arrive.

In the less severe crashes there may still be injuries.  But they aren’t quite as life threatening.  Immediately following the wreck, observe as much as you possibly can.  Make note of the make, model, and color of the vehicle that hit you.  Try to memorize at least a portion of the license plate.

Doing so will greatly increase the chances that the other driver will be found, and held accountable.

What to Expect after a Hit and Run

After the hit and run accident, things will progress similar to an accident where the offending party stuck around; just without the other party.

You’ll want to file a police report right away.  This helps to open the investigation and shows that you are taking this seriously.

Go to the hospital and get checked out right away.  If you’re carrying the proper coverage on your vehicle, medical bills should be covered under uninsured motorist coverage.

Enlist the help of a personal injury lawyer.

Why a Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help

Car crash lawyers are there to ensure that you aren’t walked all over by the insurance companies.  It’s not about ambulance chasing; it’s about making sure that your rights are upheld and you receive compensation that fully meets your needs.

In most hit and run cases, the offending party is never caught.  Even when they are caught, they likely aren’t carrying insurance.  Suing them may not even do any good because they have no assets to pay for the damage they inflicted.

How would you navigate that if you didn’t have an attorney on your side?  Would you know which avenues to pursue justice?

A personal injury lawyer is there to help you after an accident.

Let Herbert Law Group Help with your Hit and Run

That’s exactly what Herbert Law Group is all about.

We know the laws, what to do after a wreck, and how to talk to the insurance companies.  We know what to say and how to prove that your claim is worth more than what they are trying to offer.

Give us a call at 214-414-3808, or fill out the contact form on our site to get your free conversation started.

Bonus: Look into carrying Uninsured Motorist Property Damage (UMPD).  Most policies only cover medical bills and not damage to your vehicle.  Talk it over with your insurance agent to see if it’s right for you.

What if My Limb is Amputated after a Car Wreck?

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What Compensation is Available after Amputation

A severe car wreck may cause injuries serious enough that a limb must be amputated.  There are some injuries that will heal, but when it comes to amputation, your life will be changed forever.

How do you cope with the loss of a limb or a digit?  How do you recover from that and move on with your life?  How do you know what the future will bring, and are you prepared to fight with an insurance company that is offering a settlement that will just barely cover medical bills?

Long before you are put in this position, have Herbert Law Group on speed dial.  Then, you can focus on recovering instead of fighting with an insurance company.

Traumatic Amputation and Non-Traumatic Amputation

In the world of medicine, there are two types of amputation.  Not that the procedure is done differently, the end result is the removal of a limb.  The difference is the cause that required a limb to be amputated.

Traumatic amputation occurs when the limb has suffered so much trauma, that there is no hope for it to heal on its own.  If your leg was crushed in a motorcycle wreck, to the point where it’s just mangled, traumatic amputation would remove it so the rest of your body can heal.  Sometimes limbs are “amputated” during the wreck, and unless great care is taken, they usually cannot be re-attached.

Non-traumatic amputation occurs when the limb is not healing properly.  This is usually seen in patients with poor blood flow.  The limb has no chance to survive, and it’s best to remove it.  After an accident, non-traumatic amputation can occur weeks, or even months, after the wreck.  Infections, poor blood flow, limbs that aren’t healing, and more can necessitate removal.

The Long Road to Recovery after the Loss of a Limb

If you have a limb amputated, it’s no secret to say that your life will be turned upside down for quite a while.  And it’s no secret to say that things will be different for the rest of your life.

But just how different will they be?

The initial healing process is naturally going to be the hardest.  Learning to use a prosthetic will take months, or even years, to master.  Simple daily tasks have to be adjusted, and coping skills learned when things don’t go as planned.

But consider the even longer lasting effects.  Will your relationships suffer?  Will you need therapy as a result of a failed marriage due to the loss of a limb?  How much will prosthetics cost?  How much will it cost to remodel your home to accommodate your new way of living?

These are all things that the insurance companies are hoping you don’t take into account.  Then, they can woo you in with a settlement that looks like it will suffice… but won’t meet all of your needs.

Contact Herbert Law Group to Receive Compensation that lets You Heal

In order to recover the amount you need to survive, heal, and fully get back to living your life, you need a car wreck attorney in Dallas that will go to bat for you.  You need Herbert Law Group.

With hundreds of cases behind us, we know just how to get the settlements that allow you to get your life back on track.  With the stress of dealing with insurance companies gone, you can focus all your energy on healing and living.

If you have been in a wreck and you have been injured (even if you didn’t lose a limb), we should talk!  Give us a call at 214-414-3808, or fill out the contact form on our site and we’ll be in touch with you.

What to Ask a Car Accident Witness

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The Witnesses can Help Your Car Accident Lawsuit

Ideally every vehicle would be equipped with a bunch of cameras that can be reviewed to determine exactly what happened.  We’re getting there, but the technology isn’t included in all vehicles yet.

For the time being, we rely on witnesses to give an account of what they saw happen, and how it all went down.

These car accident witnesses, however, often don’t know which information is important.  So we should ask probing questions to get the right information from them.

Ask Your Car Accident Witness What they Saw

Everyone’s account of the wreck will vary slightly; it’s just how we as humans analyze information.  Just ask the witnesses to describe, in their own words, what they saw.

Try not to lead them with sentences such as, “What did you see happen before that vehicle hit mine?” or “What’s your account of me being the victim of this wreck?”

If possible, ask their permission to voice record their account.  If not, ask them to write down what happened.

Ask Your Car Accident Witness if they Saw the Entire Wreck

It’s very important to know how much of the accident was witnessed.  Their account will be very different if they saw the entire thing, or if they turned their head to look when they heard the sound.

Likewise, make sure to note if they saw the collision, or if their view was partially obstructed.

Ask Your Car Accident Witness Where they Were

This is important to go in conjunction with the previous question.

Knowing what angle the witness saw the wreck from can tell an entirely different story.  Even to the point where the at-fault driver might look like the victim and the victim could look like the at-fault driver.

Ask Your Car Accident Witness if they Noticed other Witnesses

Because everyone will have a slightly different account of what happened in the wreck, and different angles and obstructions can lead to better or worse views, it’s important to get many different witnesses to provide their account of what happened.

Often people won’t want to stick around at the scene of an accident.  So make sure that you ask this question quickly enough so you can track down the other witnesses before they leave.

Get Help from Herbert Law Group for your Car Accident Claim

Before your questions to the witnesses are done, make sure they know they should give a statement with the police as well.  You have their account, but the police can put that into their official report.

And remember, before you start dealing with the insurance companies; talk with a Dallas, Texas car accident lawyer.  The insurance company will often try to settle for far less than you need to fully recover from the accident.

Give us a call at 214-414-3808, or fill out the contact form on our website, and we’ll be in touch.  Don’t worry, it’s a free call to get to know you and understand exactly how we can help you in this troubling time.

The Most Common Injury from a Car Accident

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Know the Signs of this Common Injury if You’ve been in a Wreck

There are a lot of injuries that can happen after a wreck, from minor to serious.  In almost any wreck there are going to be bumps and bruises, but the most common that will require medical attention are in the neck and back.

Our spine supports the body, allows a passage for the spinal cord, and is why we can bend, twist, move, and shake.  When it’s injured, you want to make sure it’s “fixed.”

Whiplash the Most Common Neck Injury

When you’re hit from behind, your car and body lurch forward.  This sudden movement causes your head to get thrown backward.  When the car suddenly stops your head gets thrown forward; there’s a really good video on the Spine-Health website that shows what happens.

In the neck, your muscles, bones, discs, and tendons are all affected.  Depending on the severity of the whiplash, the results can range from mild discomfort, to severe pain and brain issues.

Symptoms of Whiplash:

  • Neck pain and stiffness
  • Loss of range of motion
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Blurred vision
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Memory problems

It’s important to see a doctor right away if you have any discomfort in your neck after a car accident.  This common injury often does not appear severe immediately, but the pain and symptoms can worsen as your adrenaline levels come down and your body “realizes” that it is injured.

Long term maintenance with a chiropractor may be necessary.

Back Pain: The Most Common Injury

The back and neck usually go hand-in-hand because both are part of the spine.

From twisting, tweaking, stretching, and pulling, there are a lot of ways the back can be injured in a car accident.  Each one can have different levels of severity.

  • Pulled muscles can result from the sudden and unexpected movement a car accident can put you through.
  • Dislocated or misaligned vertebrae are common as the back stretches beyond what it is used to.
  • Herniated discs are the result of severe compression, and often require surgery to fix.
  • Bulging discs, like herniated discs, are less severe, but still painful result of compression.

Common back injuries take time to heal.  And often require ongoing maintenance from a chiropractor to ensure that the bones are healing properly.

Get Help from a Car Accident Lawyer

If you have been in a car accident, and you experience what you think are minor injuries, it can be tempting to accept the settlement from the insurance company.  You might think that you’ve been checked out by the doctor, and there are no major issues to be seen.

But then, a few weeks down the road, you start to experience more back pain.  It turns out that you have some alignment issues that will need further medical attention.  You can read Ashley’s Story to see how this all happens.

If you have accepted the settlement already, you won’t be able to go back and re-negotiate.

Instead, let Herbert Law Group help you from the start.  We’ll do all the heavy lifting, so you don’t have to worry about your back injury.  We know what to expect, and we’ll get a settlement that fully provides for your needs.

Give us a call at 214-414-3808, or fill out the contact form on our site, and we’ll be in touch.

Driving Apps to Help You Save Time and Money

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The 5 Driving Apps You Should be Using

Driving in a metro area can get a little cumbersome.  There’s a lot of traffic, patterns can change quickly, and if you’re not familiar with the area you can miss turns or important stopping points (like where to get some gas).

Fortunately, we don’t have to rely on old directions or paper maps any more.  With our handy smart phones we can tap into the power of the internet to get us where we’re going.  And hopefully get us there without getting into a car accident.

We’ve put together a list of the top 5 driving apps you should have on your phone to help navigate tricky roads.

Waze for Best Traffic Navigation

There has been a long standing war between Apple Maps and Google Maps.  A battle that doesn’t even matter when you opt for the crowd sourced Waze app.

Waze guides you to where you need to go, gives you alerts for traffic, accidents, and police activity, and overall functions much better than any other map software out there.

It will even redirect you to the fastest route if there’s an accident or traffic is otherwise slowed up ahead.

GasBuddy for Best Rates on Filling Up

If you grew up in a small town or even a little city, there’s not much difference in gas prices.  You might save a penny or two by heading down the road.

But when you are in a bigger metro area, that’s all different.  Prices can be substantially different if you fill up at the beginning, or at the end, of your commute.

That’s where GasBuddy comes into play.  With an easy to read, easy to use, map that shows you exactly where to get gas so you’re not overspending at the pump, they have your back.  There are a lot more features, but finding a great rate on gas is the most used.

Plugshare for Best Places to Recharge

With the increase in electric vehicles comes the increase in places to recharge them.  Relying on just those listed in search engines can be a recipe for letting your battery get a bit too low.

As GasBuddy directs you to the best places to refill the gas tank, Plugshare directs you to the best places to plug in and recharge.  Some are free, some have a small fee, and some are Tesla only and marked as such.

Parkopedia for the Best Places to Park Your Rig

Parking can be a nightmare when it comes to traveling.  Especially when you’re in a city and everywhere is demanding hundreds of dollars a day just to leave your vehicle in one place!

Parkopedia has your back on this one.  Listing parking garages nearby, their rates, and whether it’s open to the public or only those visiting that facility, this app can help you get your vehicle stashed safely for the night.

MileIQ for the Best Mileage Tracker

If you are self employed, or have to drive a lot for work, you know the benefit of writing off your miles driven.  But keeping track of them can be a hassle!  Half the time you forget to write down the miles, and then you’re racking your brain to remember where you went and when.

With an app like MileIQ, you don’t have to worry about that.  It runs in the background and tallies up your miles for you.  No guessing on how many miles, or trying to remember what you drove for.

This is the only app we listed that isn’t free.  It’s $60/year after the trial period.

Come to Herbert Law Group if You’ve Been in an Accident

Whether you’re driving for work, for pleasure, or driving because you have to do that last minute Christmas shopping because nobody told you that you drew Aunt Ruth’s name in the gift exchange this year, there’s always the chance of getting in an accident; even when using the best driving apps.

If that happens to you, then you need a personal injury lawyer on your side.  We help you get the most out of your settlement, so you can heal without the stress of finances weighing you down.

Give us a call at 214-414-3808, or fill out the contact page and we’ll be in touch for your free initial consultation.

How to Handle a Multi-Car Accident in Texas

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Understanding Fault in a Multi-Car Accident

Often a car accident is pretty easy to determine fault.  One driver fails to obey the laws of the road, and crashes into another causing property damage and personal injury.

But what if the car that hits you wasn’t the car that’s at fault?

Suppose you’re rear ended, but only because the vehicle behind you was also rear ended?  Or there was another situation where a vehicle (or another object) was pushed into your vehicle?  Let’s see what we should do in order to make your insurance claim, and potential case, go more smoothly.

5 Steps to Take after a Multi-Car Accident

As with all accidents, there are a few “rules” to follow so you can ensure that you remain safe, but also information is collected that can help move your settlement or case in the right direction.

1 – Call 911.  In a multi-car pileup, there will likely be numerous calls for emergency personnel.  Go ahead and call as well, especially if there is a serious injury in your vehicle.

2 – Stay in the car.  When there are a bunch of vehicles involved, it’s often due to weather.  Icy roads or low visibility means that there’s a strong chance that another vehicle is going to collide with the pileup.  The safest place you can be is in your vehicle.

3 – Take pictures and video.  The more time that passes after an accident, the less you will remember.  Make a video that shows as much of the scene as possible from your vehicle.  Narrate what you experienced so that when your car accident lawyer, the police, or a judge, has to review later they know just what happened to you.

4 – Gather information.  When it is safe (usually after emergency crews are on scene), continue to take video, get contact information from witnesses, and make sure that you seek medical attention right away.  Even if you “feel fine” your adrenaline may be coursing through your body and when it wears off you will end up hurting.

5 – Call us.  Notify your favorite multi-car accident lawyer so they are prepared.  In this case that would be Herbert Law Group, of course.

How Long with a Multi-Car Accident Claim Take?

Motor vehicle accident claims can take a while.  When there is a complex case, it can take quite a bit longer.  Sometimes there is investigative work needed to determine who is at fault for the accident.

The best way to keep things moving along and to ensure you receive a settlement quickly, is to make sure there is a lot of evidence that shows what happened.  The faster it can be determined who was at fault, the faster settlements can come in.

Herbert Law Group Helps with Multi-Car Accidents

Whether you were involved in a three car pileup, or a 300 car pileup, we are here to help.

To get started, just fill out the contact form on our site, or give us a call at 214-414-3808 and we can have a no obligation conversation to see how we can help.