You never know when an accident could happen. In the United States, there are more than 6 million car accidents every year. That translates to an injury occurring very 14 seconds and a fatality caused by a car accident occurring every 12 minutes. It only takes a split second of negligence and, just like that, your life, and the lives of others involved, can be forever altered.
Don’t try to handle the aftermath of a car accident alone. The Omaha car accident attorneys at Hauptman, O’Brien, Wolf & Lathrop, P.C. are here to help relieve the stress by taking the weight of paperwork, phone calls, and court dates off your shoulders. Our priority is to see you happy and made whole.
Emotional and Physical Injuries
Around 40% of all car accidents are rear-end collisions. As a result, the most common injury seen in an accident is whiplash. The sudden impact of a collision, especially a rear-end collision, results in occupants’ heads being thrown forward, causing the neck to bend suddenly at an extreme and unnatural angle. Whiplash can cause extreme pain and muscle cramping that can last for days or weeks following the incident.
If you’ve never experienced a car accident, you may not realize that they can cause emotional trauma as well as physical injury. Whether the injuries are emotional or physical, chances are they will manifest in a variety of ways that are not only painful but disruptive to your everyday life. The car accident lawyers at Hauptman, O’Brien, Wolf & Lathrop, P.C. have years of combined experienced handling car accident injuries. We may be able to help you recover damages for your injuries, including:
- Mental Anguish
- Loss of consortium
- Confusion/trouble concentrating
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Who will pay your medical bills?
If you are injured by a driver without insurance coverage, your own insurance policy’s uninsured motorist coverage should apply. However, even if you have faithfully paid your premiums for years, your own insurance company may try to deny your claim. o.
Always speak with one of the Omaha car accident attorneys at Hauptman, O’Brien, Wolf & Lathrop before you speak to any insurance company.
They are used to dealing with people without legal representation, and they are NOT on your side. If there is a personal injury claim by you against their client, they will offer you much less than you are entitled to.
What to do After an Car Accident in Omaha or Bellevue
Many accidents are caused by reckless or negligent drivers. Whether it’s a distracted driver who didn’t see you because they were texting, or an overly aggressive driver who side swiped you as they passed by, you shouldn’t be responsible for someone else’s mistake. In the event that you are involved in an accident, however, there are several steps you can take to protect yourself and those around you in the moments that follow:
- Most importantly, check yourself and anyone else involved for serious injuries. If there is any bleeding, or someone is unconscious or not responding, call 911 right away.
- If everyone appears to be ok, look over the vehicles to see if they are able to be moved from the roadway. If they are not able to be moved, call 911 or your local non-emergency police department number. If you’ve already contacted the authorities, wait for them to arrive on scene.
- As you wait, gather contact and insurance information for each driver involved. Never leave after an accident without the other party’s information.
- See if there were any witnesses to the accident. If there are, ask them if they’d be willing to give a statement to the police or insurance companies, if necessary, and collect their contact information.
- Use your phone or a pen and paper to write down the basic details of the accident: date, time, location, weather conditions, etc.
- Call each insurance company involved and file a claim. Be prepared to give them the basic details you’ve written down.
- As you speak to police or insurance agents, remember, do not make any statements regarding who is at fault. Statements like this given at such an early stage can be potentially incriminating or damaging to your case. Always speak to a local Omaha car accident attorney first.
- If police were called, you’ll probably need to speak to them before you’re free to go home. If you are unsure about the condition of your vehicle, do not drive it. Your insurance provider should be able to help you get a tow truck and take it to the nearest approved garage.
Speak to an Attorney
Reckless driving doesn’t always cause an accident, but when it does, the driver responsible should be held accountable for their negligence. For many years we’ve helped innocent members of our community recover damages in the wake of an accident. We’re compassionate, caring, and willing to fight for what’s right, just ask some of our clients.
Dealing with claims paperwork, phone calls, and negotiations can quickly become intimidating. Fortunately, the attorneys at Hauptman, O’Brien, Wolf & Lathrop, P.C. have the experience to tackle even the toughest of situations. The fact of the matter is; you don’t deserve to take a financial hit for an accident that wasn’t your fault.
If you’ve been injured in a car accident by a negligent driver, schedule your free consultation with us today. Contact us online or give us a call at 402-241-5020.