Category: Vehicle Accidents

Immediate Steps to Take After a Car Accident

February 22, 2022  |  Adriel B. Villarreal

Getting into a car accident is stressful and scary, but taking the proper steps following the crash makes all the difference, especially when it comes time to deal with the insurance companies. After you’ve gathered yourself and taken a few deep breaths, the next steps are crucial and will ensure your personal injury legal defense has the upper hand. Continue reading to learn how to make the process easier when it comes time to talk with insurance companies. Medical Attention The first step should always be ensuring all parties involved in the accident are safe and receiving the necessary medical attention. If you don’t have a cell phone near you, make sure a pedestrian nearby calls 911. Next, if there are no notable injuries, any vehicles that are blocking traffic should be moved to the side of the road. Take Detailed Notes Taking detailed notes will ensure clear, concise records of the events. Sometimes it may take months for insurance companies to wrap up your case, and without a clear recollection of the accident, you may miss vital details. To ensure your notes cover the necessary information, make sure they include: Pre-Accident Details – These notes should include where you were headed to; both the direction and location, what direction the other vehicle involved in the…

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Car Accidents and Personal Injury Claims

March 18, 2021  |  Barna, Guzy & Steffen, Ltd.

The aftermath of an accident can be frightening and chaotic. Know your rights if you’re involved in a car crash.

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5 Top Questions for When a Car Accident Occurs

January 13, 2021  |  Adriel B. Villarreal

According to a report published by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of the Commissioner, 80,636 traffic crashes occurred in the state of Minnesota in 2019. These car accidents, involving 148,774 vehicles, resulted in 364 deaths; 27,260 people suffered injuries. Unfortunately, traffic crashes—ranging from minor spinouts and fender benders to multiple-vehicle events with numerous injuries and fatalities—occur daily. We’ve put together 5 top questions for when a car accident occurs. 1. What information do I need after a car accident occurs? With any motor vehicle incident, you’ll first want to ensure the safety of all involved, provide reasonable assistance to any injured parties, and seek medical treatment for yourself if necessary. After that point, it’s important to collect contact and insurance information from anyone else involved. This includes the driver’s full name and address, the name and address of vehicle owner (if different), driver’s license information, and insurance documentation. Collect names and contact information of any passengers or others involved in the crash. If there are any witnesses, gather their names and phone numbers as well. Once the police arrive, write down names and badge numbers. You should also document the following information for all vehicles: make, model, and year; license plate number with expiration date; and the vehicle identification number (VIN)….

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