Car Accident?

Now what?

The leap day mix of rain, sleet and snow made the work commute very difficult for some. Others were less lucky, the victims of treacherous weather conditions and negligent driving.

There were 71 car accidents in the Twin Cities by 6 a.m. yesterday and many more followed during the morning commute. While a number of these car accidents were one-vehicle spinouts into highway ditches, many others were caused by individuals driving too fast for weather conditions or failing to leave adequate distance between themselves and other cars.

If you were involved in a leap day car accident caused by another driver’s negligence, what should you do? Who should you contact? How will you pay for your injuries, car damage, pain and suffering?

While you were at the scene of the car accident, you may have written down the other driver’s name, license plate number and insurance information. You may have spoken to the police. If you had time, you may even have gathered the names of witnesses. These are all important steps that may help your recover compensation after a car accident.

Now, there are a few more people to speak with: a doctor and a car accident attorney. Even if you don’t believe you were injured “badly,” you should not delay seeing a doctor. Some injuries take time to manifest in symptoms. A doctor can help determine how you were injured and can begin you down the path to recovery. Determining what injuries you have can also help you recover compensation for those injuries.

That is where hiring an experienced car accident lawyer comes in. An attorney can help ensure that you take the right steps to recover compensation from your own insurance company and the at-fault driver’s insurance company. Minnesota is a no-fault auto insurance state, which means your own insurance company will pay for your damages up to a certain amount; however, accidents and injury costs can add up and you may need to file a personal injury lawsuit to recover additional compensation from the at-fault driver’s insurance company.

Once you bring a claim, you will need to prove that the other driver’s actions contributed to the accident and that the accident caused your injuries. An attorney can help you gather evidence to prove causation and damages (including damage to your car and medical expenses).

Whether you were injured in the Great Leap Day Snow Day (as coined by Star Tribune), or in another car accident in the Twin Cities, do not delay in seeking help.

Source: Star Tribune, “Snow, Dozens of Crashes Snarl Morning Commute,” Bill McAuliffe, Mary Lynn Smith, Feb. 29, 2012.