Each year in Iowa, over 300 people are killed in motor vehicle accidents across the state, while thousands more suffer serious, life-threatening injuries. Each time a person is injured or killed in one of these traffic accidents, an entire family is affected in a myriad of ways.
At Pothitakis Law Firm, Cedar Rapids car accident lawyer Nicholas Pothitakis is dedicated to helping families and individuals recover the compensation that they are owed under the law after a traffic accident. This includes damages related to:
- Medical bills
- Future medical costs
- Lost wages
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
Talking to an attorney can help you understand you car accident claim as well as Iowa personal injury law. More importantly, talking to a lawyer can help you choose a plan of action moving forward. To schedule a private, free consultation with a Cedar Rapids car accident lawyer, please call our office today.
Serving Cedar Rapids & Linn County, Iowa
With offices located in Burlington and Keokuk, Iowa, our personal injury legal team is proud to provide car accident lawyer services to individuals and families located in Cedar Rapids, Linn County, and the surrounding areas, including:
If you are not able to travel to our offices for a consultation, we offer personal injury survivors and their families phone consultations.
What Should You Do After An Iowa Traffic Accident & Injury?
The minutes, hours, and days after a car accident can be paralyzing and overwhelming. Each day, we talk to traffic accident victims who inexplicably didn’t get contact information from the other driver, didn’t talk to witnesses, or didn’t go to the doctor to get treatment for injuries. We understand how these important actions fall through the cracks in the trauma and confusion that follows a serious accident and injury. However, we want everyone to know how important it is to collect information and care for your needs immediately after a crash.
What four things should you do after an Iowa car accident?
Get medical assistance. A surprising number of accident victims turn down a ride to the hospital or fail to go see their doctor even if they have sustained serious injuries. Why? In many cases, there is adrenaline rushing through their bloodstream that prevents them from realizing how hurt they are. In many other cases, accident victims are so traumatized they only want to go home. We want you to know it is better to be safe than to be sorry. If someone at the scene advises you to go to the hospital, don’t argue. And if you get home and realize that you should see your doctor, go as soon as possible.
Collect information about your accident. If you are in good enough health to do so, be sure to get the name and contact information from anyone who is present at the scene of the accident. These witnesses could be vital to your injury claim. Don’t forget to collect contact information from any other drivers and passengers involved as well as the police officers who respond to the scene.
Don’t take blame. It can be almost automatic to say you are sorry after a car accident even if you are sure you weren’t to blame. Even if you think you were at fault, you may not know the whole story. To protect your claim and to avoid being mistakenly found at fault, never say you caused an accident or apologize for what happened. Wait until an attorney can look at the evidence of the case and determine if one or more factors caused the wreck.
Talk to your insurance company. You are obligated to inform your insurance company in a timely manner after an accident has taken place. However, you are not obligated to give a recorded statement to any insurance company without first speaking to an attorney. Many insurance companies attempt to catch drivers blaming themselves for accidents during recorded statements. It is wiser to submit a written statement with the help of a skilled lawyer.
Contact Cedar Rapids Car Accident Lawyer Nicholas Pothitakis Today
It is absolutely normal not to know what to do in the wake of a serious car accident and injury. A Cedar Rapids personal injury lawyer can help you take action and get the compensation you want and need. We are here to answer your questions, act as your advocate, and get your life back to normal after an accident. To learn more about our legal services, or to speak with Iowa car accident lawyer Nicholas Pothitakis, please contact our offices today.