Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Car Accidents



Our Huntsville car accident lawyers are committed to your recovery and fight to put the pieces back together after a car accident. While nothing can change the devastation of an accident,  you may be compensated for medical bills, lost wages, damaged property, and pain and suffering. Though it won't help you feel better, it can help you start your life again.


Read these frequently asked questions (FAQs) for answers to your questions.


What should I do first if I’m injured in a car accident?

Do not acknowledge any responsibility or liability. Get medical attention, even if you aren’t sure that you need it. You may be injured and not yet know it.  Get as much information as possible from everyone involved, including any witnesses, the name of the investigating officers, and note any cameras which may have captured the events.


Why do I need an attorney if I’ve been in a car accident?

An attorney can help deal with the other party and your own insurance companies and maximize your recovery if you are in a car accident.


How long do I have after a car accident to decide whether to file a claim?

Generally, you have no more than two years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit.  But, if the accident involved a governmental entity, the period could be as short as six months.


What compensation can I receive if I’ve been in a car accident?

If you are injured in a car accident you may be entitled to lost wages (past and future), medical costs (past and future), pain and suffering, property damage, and in some cases punitive damages.


What if I’m in a car accident, and the other driver does not have insurance? 

Even if the other driver does not have insurance, you may have coverage under you own uninsured motorist coverage.  And, a judgment against the other driver might yield damages in the future even if the driver is not insured.


What if I wasn’t wearing my seat belt during the car accident? Can I still recover damages? 

You may still be entitled to damages in a car accident even if you weren’t wearing your seatbelt.


Will I have to go to court if I file a claim?

Over 90% of lawsuits are resolved before trial.


The experienced Huntsville car accident lawyers at Watson McKinney are ready to serve as your legal allies, helping you fight for the compensation you deserve for your injury and losses.

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