So, you were in a car accident. Your body aches, your car is totaled, and
you’re feeling dazed and disoriented. More than likely, if you’re
on our site, you believe that the other driver is at fault. As a
Quincy car accident lawyer, I understand all those feelings. If you’re looking to hold the
other driver responsible for the accident, here are a few things you need
to do to protect your rights.
#1: Keep the Details Clear by Writing Them Down
Whether your accident was 20 minutes ago or 3 days ago, you need to do
this as quickly as possible. Write down every detail you can remember—how
fast you were going, how fast the other driver was going. Record the time
you were hit and the events that immediately followed. Report any poor
weather, visibility issues, or road conditions (even if you think they
If you took down the driver’s name and number, add this to the notebook.
Add the names of any witnesses who were there, including your passengers
and the other driver’s. If officers were on the scene, record their
names and how the entire process was conducted.
If you still have your own vehicle, take photos from every angle.
When it comes to car accidents, important details begin to fade away quickly.
Timing, who said what, and what actually happened can be a bit of a blur—writing
down the details quickly preserves them, protecting your account of what ocurred.
#2: Protect Your Credibility by Seeing a Doctor
Even if you feel fine, go see a doctor. One, some injuries may not manifest
for a couple days. Neck pain, soreness, or a brain injury don’t
always appear immediately. However, by seeing the doctor proactively,
you’ll be able to catch injuries early and remain aware of how the
accident affected your body.
Two, the doctor visit will put your medical condition on paper. A recent
and official record of your injuries will provide a stronger claim to
compensation than a doctor’s visit weeks after the accident.
Here’s the deal:
don’t see the doctor quickly, your insurance company may consider that as evidence
that you were not actually injured. They’ll use it to limit your
compensation. Even worse, they may challenge any injury you claim by arguing
you must have received it after the accident, since you didn’t seek
#3: Call a Quincy Car Accident Lawyer
Now, I understand that a lawyer telling you that you need a lawyer might
inspire an eye-roll, but hear me out. Car accident attorneys work with
accident reconstructionists to investigate your car crash. We have a network
of medical and manufacturing experts who understand your accident better
than you do. Most importantly, we have years of experience investigating
That means the sooner you call us, the sooner we can start developing your
case and getting you answers.
Your insurance company, despite their best efforts to make you feel like
they’re going to take care of you, has one job: limit their liability. As a
Quincy personal injury attorney, one thing I can do is speak to your insurance company on your behalf
before they attempt to resolve your case for far less than you deserve.
This prevents you from saying anything that unintentionally endangers
So call today.
Flanagan & Associates has a 9.5 “Superb” Avvo rating when it comes to car accident
and personal injury litigation, and we have won multiple Clients’
Choice Awards for our work on their behalf. As a former insurance adjuster,
I know the strategies insurance companies use to limit your compensation—let
me help make sure you get the compensation you actually deserve.