10 Car Accident Tips by a Providence Personal Injury Attorney

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10 Crucial TIPS  if you are involved in a RI Car Crash
1. If you are injured in a RI Auto accident, you need to obtain medical treatment. If you neglect treatment for your injury you will not be properly compensated by the Insurance Company.  If you do not leave the scene of the accident by ambulance than set an immediate appointment with your primary care doctor or go to an “Urgent Care Facility.” Your Physician may refer you to a specialist. Some specialists require a referral from a primary care physician.
2. You are legally required to notify the local police of the accident. Pursuant to Rhode Island law, the police must be informed of nearly all car, motor vehicle and motorcycle crashes.
3. Remember, as far as the adjustor is concerned, if you are not treating properly you are not suffering. You will not be compensated for your personal injuries for periods of time when you were in pain but were not seeking appropriate medical treatment.
4. Do not cancel medical appointments! You need to inform your doctor of all areas where you feel pain. Don’t minimize your pain. Don’t exaggerate your pain either. Your medical provider needs to be informed of all your symptoms. The Insurance adjustor will carefully review your medical records. The adjustor will try to discredit your allegation. The Insurance adjustor will seek to minimize your pain. http://www.dmv.ny.gov/stats.htm (Department of Motor Vehicles Statistical Summaries)
5. Retain a counsel immediately after the mishap. You need to hire someone before you give a statement to the insurance adjustor. The Insurance Company’s role is to compensate you as little as possible as a result of your collision. The Insurance company may even deny your car crash claim altogether, and offer you no compensation at all.
6. Keep your RI accident Attorneys informed of all medical treatment including chiropractors, massage therapists or urgent care visits. Keep a detailed list of all appointments and what happened at the appointment. Save your receipts for medication or other health care products.
7.Please take videos and or pictures of the damage to your vehicle, bike, bicycle and  or the other vehicles and the scene of the Automobile Accident. Take pictures of any scarring or bruises. Wait until after you take pictures to repair your car.
8.  The Insurance Company may request that you sign a blanket medical release. Do not sign a release. Your experienced and aggressive court representative, will obtain medical records and provide them to the Adjuster.
9. If you receive a citation or ticket  for a motor vehicle violation, hire a Rhode Island lawyer to represent you. If you are found guilty  your  personal Injury case may be compromised.
10. Do not settle your insurance claim immediately after the Accident, without legal assistance. The Insurance adjustor does not want you to be informed of your legal rights by a Rhode Island Auto accident lawyer. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_traffic-related_death_rate  List of countries by traffic-related death rate
Incidentally, if you were on vacation and seriously injured in another state, like California, we even know Michael Ehline car accident lawyers in that state who can assist you at 213.596.9642. We go out of our way to assist injured consumers, even if they were injured far from home!
Legal Notice per Rules of Professional Responsibility: The Rhode Island Supreme Court licenses all lawyers and attorneys in the general practice of law, but does not license or certify any lawyer / attorney as an expert or specialist in any field of practice. While this firm maintains joint responsibility, most cases of this type are referred to other attorneys for principle responsibility.
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