Does this story remind you of your car accident?
I was driving to work on the interstate in heavy traffic. The vehicles in front of me stopped and I also stopped in the rush hour traffic. When I looked in my rearview mirror, I saw that the pickup truck behind me was not paying attention to the flow of traffic. There was nothing I could do to get out of the way. I braced for impact and I heard a loud crash as the pickup truck rammed into me and pushed me forward. My airbag deployed and the next thing I remember is sitting in the car dazed and confused about what had just happened.
I immediately had a bad headache and pain was shooting up and down my spine. I was able to barely get out of the car. Everything was a blur. The next thing I remember is that the police came. They were not very nice to me as I was trying to gain my wits. They asked for my driver’s license and insurance and went about their business. I looked for my cell phone to call my husband, but I couldn’t find it in the aftermath of the wreck.
After around 30 minutes, an ambulance arrived. By this time, I was feeling dizzy and pain was racing throughout my body. I sat on the back of the ambulance as the EMTs performed an evaluation. They said that I should go to the hospital to get checked out. A witness at the scene of the crash was nice enough to help me call my husband and tell him to meet me at the hospital. The police gave me an incident card with the other driver’s insurance information. They told me that the report would be ready in about ten days. They didn’t explain how I could get the report.
When I got to the hospital, they put me in a room separated by curtains. After a few hours, they performed a battery of tests on me and gave me some medicine. The ER doctor spent a few minutes with me and told me that I should go home and rest and call my regular doctor in the morning. The tests didn’t show any broken bones or internal bleeding. My husband took me home and I slept all that night and couldn’t get out of bed the next day because of the pain.
When the initial shock of the accident was over, we tried to figure out what to do next. The car was in an impound lot in the other part of town. We needed to get my computer out of the back of our car but didn’t know what to do. We got a call from the pickup driver’s insurance company and they wanted to take my recorded statement. The adjuster said that he was doing an investigation and that we should just give the statement to help things along. He was pushy with me and my husband and wouldn’t answer all of our questions. When I asked if the insurance was going to pay my medical bills, I didn’t get a straight answer. When I asked him about the car, the adjuster suggested that we should take the car to a body shop that he suggested. He said he wasn’t able to give me a rental during his investigation. I didn’t know if I should trust the adjuster or not.
When I saw my primary care doctor after the accident, she told me that I had suffered from whiplash. She said I should get some therapy. I didn’t know if I should use my health insurance through work or whether the other driver’s insurance should cover the medical bills. A few days after the accident, I got a bill from the hospital and was shocked to learn that it was several thousand dollars and they also sent us some legal paperwork that I didn’t understand.
I haven’t been able to work since the accident. My boss told me that I am not going to get paid while I am absent. I need the money that we make each week to help pay the bills. If I miss too much work, we will have a hard time making ends meet. I wasn’t sure if the other driver’s insurance was going to pay me while I missed work.
At this point, I thought maybe I needed to hire a lawyer to help me. I initially thought we could just handle it on our own, but I am worried that I am making a mistake. I have never hired a lawyer before, and the thought of calling a lawyer’s office made me a little bit nervous. Would hiring a lawyer be too expensive? I didn’t have enough money to pay the lawyer up front. I didn’t know if I should hire one of the lawyers that I see on television commercials all of the time or whether I should I try and find a lawyer some other way. Plus, I want to know how much I should expect to receive for my injuries in the accident. Can I recover my lost wages? Am I entitled to pain and suffering? Do we have to file a lawsuit? I have never done that before.
If this story sounds familiar, you are not alone. Every week, literally hundreds of people are involved in car accidents in our city. You probably have many of the same worries and questions as those posed in this story. The good news is that there is help. Every day, Harmonson Law Firm helps people just like you cut through the all of the confusion surrounding your car accident. Helping injured people after an accident is all we do at Harmonson Law Firm. We will answer all of your questions and help you get back on track after your accident. Call us today at (915) 228-4140 for a free consultation.