Auto Accidents Victim’s Guidelines

Date: February 15, 2012

            There are some basics that you should follow if you are involved in an auto accident and you have sustained injuries and it is not your fault.

 1.     Do not give a recorded statement to the negligent driver’s insurance company. You will be asked questions that, if you do, no matter how you answer will indicate that you are either at fault, partially or totally, for the accident. For example: “Do you feel remorse because of this accident?”

 2.     Do not settle your claim with the adjuster for the negligent driver unless you have a full appreciation of the extent and permanency of your injuries.

 3.     If you are hospitalized and under the influence of any type of medication, only give statements concerning the accident to the investigating officer if you are requested.

 4.     If you do not have a lawyer, have a family member take pictures of theautomobiles or trucks involved in the accident as well as the accident scene.

5.     Try to observe, if you can immediately after the accident, if the negligent driver’s vehicle had a cell phone in it or any bottles or cans that may have contained alcohol.

 6.     Make sure that if you do get a lawyer, you select a firm that has the monetary resources to properly investigate and prepare your claim and will upfront all costs for you, including costs of experts which may run in excess of thirty to forty thousand dollars.

 Disclaimer: The above article is for instructive purposes only and each case is fact sensitive.  Consultation with an attorney should be obtained instead of reliance upon the legal issues discussed in this column. 


Cal Leventhal
Cal is a graduate of the University of Miami (magna Cum Laude) and attended Loyola and Notre Dame law schools graduating in 1976. He is admitted to the Bars of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and both state and federal trial and appellate courts situated in Pennsylvania.