New Hampshire recently made news as the state with the most dangerous commute in the United States. As a small state, New Hampshire has a relatively small number of motor vehicle accidents and fatalities. But, when it comes to traffic fatality rates, New Hampshire fares worse than many nearby states. Annually, the Granite State sees about 10.2 traffic fatalities per 100,000 residents. Neighboring New York and Massachusetts come in at 5.2 and 5.8, respectively.
When you’ve been seriously injured in a car accident, or have lost a loved one in a fatal motor vehicle crash, you may be unsure where to turn for help. It’s difficult to think clearly in traumatic circumstances. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what some insurance companies count on. It’s easy to make serious mistakes when you’re in pain, uncertain about the future, and perhaps under pressure due to lost income and growing medical bills.
You don’t have to sort it out alone.
Attorney Kevin Broderick devotes his legal practice to helping people who have hurt or lost family members due to someone else’s negligence. He’s been representing victims of automobile accidents and surviving family members for more than 20 years, and understands the challenges accident victims face.
After a New Hampshire Car Accident
What you do immediately after a serious automobile accident can have a lasting impact on your life and your family. Although every situation is different, the first steps following a car accident should generally include:
- Seeking medical attention: Immediately after an accident, you may be unsure of the extent of your injuries. A traumatic event like a motor vehicle accident often triggers shock, which can keep the victim from fully experiencing pain. To preserve both your physical health and your access to compensation, have a medical professional assess your injuries as soon as possible.
- Collecting information, if possible: Depending on the severity of your injuries, you may not be able to gather information at the accident scene. But, if you are able (or have someone else with you who is able), try to get contact information for any witnesses, the other driver’s insurance information, and perhaps even photographs of the scene.
- Understanding that the insurance company is not on your side: Shortly after your car accident, you will likely receive a call from the responsible party’s insurance carrier. Though the insurance representative may be friendly and express concern for you, remember that his or her job is to minimize the amount of money the company has to pay to you. Be cautious, and don’t agree to or sign anything without thoroughly assessing your options and seeking professional advice.
- Following doctors’ orders: You may be overwhelmed, concerned about money, or just feeling too much pain to want to follow up with tests, physical therapy, and other medical recommendations. But, ignoring your doctor’s advice can hinder your recovery and diminish the compensation available to you. Take care of yourself!
- Talking to an experienced car accident lawyer: The sooner you get an experienced advocate in your corner, the better your chances of avoiding missteps that could hurt your case. Connect with a New Hampshire car accident attorney as soon as possible after your accident and then turn your attention back to healing and caring for your family.
Depending on your injuries, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, physical therapy and other related costs, pain and suffering, lost income, property damage, and more. But, pursuing fair compensation can be complicated, often requiring knowledge of technical procedural requirements and access to experts.
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Attorney Kevin Broderick has helped many car accident victims recover fair compensation for their injuries. To learn more about how he can help you and your family, schedule a free consultation. You can fill out this contact form, or call us at 978-459-3085.