Being the victim of a severe car accident can change a person’s life forever. A victim could suffer severe or life-threatening injuries that may take weeks to rehabilitate and may keep them from working and performing activities they love. Fortunately, the victim of a car accident can pursue compensation from the negligent party that injured them. If you or a family member was injured in a car accident, contact an experienced Arkansas car accident attorney today.
For over 20 years, Ken Kieklak, Attorney at Law, has worked with residents of Fayetteville, Springdale, Bella Vista, and across Northwest Arkansas, and he would be honored to represent you. To schedule a free legal consultation to discuss your claim, contact Ken Kieklak at (479) 316-0438, or contact us online.
What to Do After a Car Accident in Arkansas
If you were involved in a serious car accident in Arkansas, there are certain steps to take to ensure your safety and also prepare for a potential personal injury lawsuit.
Get to a Safe Area
If you were struck by a negligent driver, you should first ensure that your vehicle is out of the way of high-traffic areas if you can. Next, you should assess your injuries and the injuries of other parties and contact paramedics to render emergency services. You should also summon law enforcement to the scene of the accident.
Request Information from Negligent Driver
After you contact emergency services, you should then seek to exchange information with the negligent driver that struck your vehicle. You should request the following information:
- Driver’s license
- Contact information for the driver
- Make, model, and license plate of the vehicle
- An insurance company that provides coverage for the vehicle
This information is vital if a victim wishes to make a claim for damages or injuries that resulted from the car crash.
Gather Evidence Regarding the Crash
Outside of gathering evidence about the negligent driver and their vehicle, there is other evidence that could assist a victim if they wish to file a claim. For example, if there was exceptionally poor weather when the crash occurred, this may have been a factor that contributed to the accident. Other evidence that could be vital to a car crash case include:
- Whether the other driver was in violation of traffic laws
- The location where the crash occurred
- Whether the other driver appeared intoxicated
- Photographs or videos of the damage to the vehicles involved
- Photos or videos of the injuries sustained by the victim
Additionally, if there are witnesses that observed the crash, you should determine whether they would be willing to provide you with a statement. If so, be sure to obtain the names of any witnesses and their contact information.
Obtain a Copy of the Police Report
When a car accident occurs, and there is property damage, or a party was injured, law enforcement is typically required to visit the scene and investigate. Once law enforcement investigates the accident, it would be wise to request how to obtain a copy of the report.
Seek Medical Attention
After a serious accident in Arkansas, the occupants of a vehicle should seek medical attention to evaluate their injuries. Understanding the full extent of your injuries will help you determine how much your claim is worth and the compensation you should pursue for medical bills and other expenses.
In some cases, a victim of a car accident may appear that they survived a serious accident unscathed when they were actually injured. As a result, it may be weeks before the victim realizes they were injured and may have neglected to file a claim. That is why it is important to be evaluated by a doctor after a dangerous car crash.
Inform Your Insurance Provider
As soon as you are finished at the scene of the accident, your next priority is informing your vehicle insurance provider of the accident. At this stage, you may be contacted by an insurance claims adjuster that represents the negligent driver. The adjuster will likely ask you a series of questions regarding how the accident occurred.
It is important to note that these questions are usually intended to minimize the victim’s claim. If you do not feel comfortable speaking with the insurance adjuster alone, you can refer them to speak with an experienced attorney. Ken Kieklak can help you speak with an insurance claim adjuster and can help you determine the appropriate steps after a car accident.
Our Experienced Arkansas Car Accident Lawyers are Ready to Work with You
If you or a family member was the victim of a car accident, you should consult with an experienced Arkansas car accident lawyer today. Personal injury lawyer Ken Kieklak possesses an unwavering dedication to pursue legal compensation for victims of serious accidents, and he is ready to fight for you. To schedule a free case evaluation, contact Ken Kieklak, Attorney at Law, at (479) 316-0438.