Are you or someone you know experiencing injuries from a recent car accident? You may not even realize that you have been injured immediately after being hit. Many times, serious injuries from a car accident may not be visible or symptomatic until a few days or weeks later. Getting yourself checked out by a doctor immediately will help make sure your injuries do not worsen. If the car accident was not your fault, speaking with an Alaska car accident attorney is the first step toward getting compensated for your medical bills. Although you might be tempted to settle a car accident dispute out of court by taking a cash offer or by exchanging insurance information, it may not benefit you as much as hiring an experienced car accident attorney who could increase your chance of receiving the compensation that you deserve.

What if I Was in a Car Accident?

Drivers have a legal obligation to drive safely and responsibly. Failure to do this is negligence, and you may have a right to be compensated for your injury. If the driver who hit you was negligent, this means that he or she failed to drive safely and responsibly. Common mistakes negligent drivers make include:

  • Failure to use car equipment (brakes, tires, headlights, etc.);
  • Distracted driving (for example, cell phone use, text messaging, eating and drinking; using or reaching for an object, and adjusting audio and climate controls);
  • Failing to obey the posted speed limit; and
  • Failure to yield.

If a driver is negligent and you are injured, you may have the right to seek compensation for your injuries, pain and suffering, and lost wages. If you are injured in a car accident, retrieve a copy of the police report as soon as possible. The police report will contain all of the driver’s contact information that you will need to make your case. Make sure to seek medical care. You may have to present the police report and any medical bills to support your case.

Do I Have Symptoms of an Injury?

Although any injury that you might have experienced should be examined by your doctor, the most important injuries to be aware of are injuries to your spinal cord, as the spinal cord supports your neck and back. Symptoms of a spinal cord injury include:

  • Dizziness
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Drowsiness
  • Headache
  • Neck Pain or Stiffness
  • Back Pain or Stiffness          
  • Shoulder pain or Stiffness                                                          
  • Hallucinations

Where can I Find an Alaska Car Accident Attorney?

If you or a loved one has a claim that you would like to discuss with an experienced car accident attorney, please contact us. The attorneys at Power & Power Law will evaluate your case and consult you on your legal options. There is no charge for a consultation.

Alaska residents in the Anchorage area or elsewhere in the state, if you have sustained serious injuries in a car accident, consult with an experienced Alaska car accident attorney to learn about compensation you may deserve.