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Federal Way man charged with DUI

In Torrance, California, last month, a Federal Way man was charged with DUI after driving the wrong way down a city street and then striking two vehicles, a fire hydrant, and a light pole before slamming into a restaurant. Luckily, no one besides the driver suffered injuries, and he was arrested after being treated at the hospital.

But although the man was charged with a DUI, he was not drinking alcohol at the time of the crash–he was allegedly using PCP, a drug that can cause hallucinations and violent behavior.

While alcohol is the most commonly abused drug when it comes to driving under the influence, it’s important to understand that many different drugs, both legal and illegal, can cause traffic accidents. In fact, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 11.8 million Americans drove under the influence of drugs in the last year. In addition, of drivers involved in deadly traffic accidents who were tested for drugs, about 47 percent had prescription medication in their systems, 37 percent had marijuana in their systems, and 10 percent had cocaine in their system.

Drugs And Other Substances That Can Affect Driving Ability

A huge number of drugs can affect your ability to safely drive–including illegal drugs, prescription drugs, and over-the-counter drugs. Here are just a few:

 

  • Marijuana/cannabis. Even though cannabis use is legal in Washington State, it can still cause drivers to drive too slowly, drive erratically, or fall asleep at the wheel.
  • Amphetamines.  Uppers can cause drivers to speed or take unnecessary risks behind the wheel–some can even affect vision.

 

 

  • Hallucinations. Drugs like mushrooms and acid can alter reality–which is absolutely not a safe way to drive.
  • Cocaine. This drug can make you feel more alert, but in reality it can cause speed-related crashes as well as crashes in which the driver suddenly turns or cuts off other drivers.
  • Opioids. Both illegal and prescription opioids can cause drivers to be drowsy, react too slowly, or fall asleep behind the wheel.

 

  • Prescription drugs and over-the-counter drugs. Many drivers are surprised to find that cough suppressants, antihistamines, sleeping aids, and anti-anxiety medications help treat their symptoms, but also affect their ability to drive. Always talk to your doctor about the side-effects of your medications.

It’s important to note that many of the above drugs, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs, are more dangerous when mixed with alcohol.

If You Think Your Federal Way Car Accident Was Caused By Drugged Driving

If you were involved in a Federal Way car accident that you believe was caused in part by someone else driving under the influence of drugs, it’s vital that you speak to a Washington State personal injury attorney about your case. At The Ye Law Firm, we can help you analyze the evidence in your case and pursue justice and compensation. To request a free, no-obligation consultation about your possible case, call Chong Ye and his legal team today: (253) 946-0577.

Yes, Distracted Walking Is Real – And Really Dangerous

Since smartphones became commonplace, distracted driving has become an enormous problem on our country’s streets and highways–with more than 3,000 deaths related to inattentive drivers taking place each year across the nation.

But although most drivers are now familiar with the dangers of taking their eyes off the road and their hands off the wheel, fewer people are aware that it is also dangerous to lose focus while on sidewalks and shoulders, walking as their means of transportation. In fact, according to the National Safety Council, 11,000 people are injured due to texting and walking each year in the United States–and texting while walking can cause people to lose track of their surroundings and veer off course. In fact, one study found that 60 percent of people who were walking while distracted veered off their course.

Federal Way and the greater Seattle area are great places to get from here to there on foot–but distracted walking can make this economic and healthy form of transportation dangerous, especially in congested urban areas.

Types of Distracted Walking

Although distracted walking has been in the news recently because of an uptick in smartphone use, distracted walking can take many forms. Really, any activity that takes your eyes, ears, or mind off of your primary task is a danger. This could include:

  • Texting, reading your phone, using apps, or checking your email while walking.
  • Talking on the phone while walking.
  • Looking at a book or map while walking.
  • Listening to headphones while walking.

Pedestrian Safety Means Being Alert While Walking

It might sound silly, but when you are walking, it’s important to focus on the task at hand, especially if you are walking in areas with high traffic or without sidewalks. Here are just a few things you can do to increase your awareness while walking:

  • Keep your phone in your pocket or purse – you can even turn off alerts so that a buzzing or ringing phone won’t interrupt you.
  • If you do have to write a text or take a call, consider stopping to sit on a bench or just to stand aside until you are done with your communications.
  • While it can be nice to walk while listening to music, books, or podcasts, it also greatly increases the danger of distracted walking. If you really want to listen while you walk, consider only using one earbud or turning down the volume so that you can hear the noise of approaching vehicles.
  • Use your senses to keep you safe: listen for motors, and look around you, especially when you are crossing the street or walking in an area without sidewalks.
  • Obey all traffic laws–and be predictable. Don’t dart into the street or cross without a crosswalk.

Talk To A Federal Way Personal Injury Attorney Today

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, pedestrian deaths were steadily dropping until 2009 – about the same time that smartphones began to gain popularity. It’s no coincidence that numbers have started to rise again since both pedestrians and those behind the wheel have started to look at their phones while getting from here to there.

At The Ye Law Firm, we are committed to helping injury victims get the legal help they need. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a pedestrian accident in the Seattle, Bellevue, or Federal Way areas, a Federal Way personal injury lawyer can help you get the compensation and justice that you are seeking. To learn more, or to request a free, no-obligation meeting, please call us today at 253-946-0577 or fill out our quick contact form.

When To Report A Car Accident To Your Insurance Company (And When You Can Skip It)

It’s pretty common knowledge that you need to report car accidents to your car insurance company in the wake of a crash. But are there any exceptions to the rule, and if so, how do you know if you should give them a call or not? This week, we’re outlining exactly when you need to pick up the phone and report your collision and when you can skip the whole thing (though remember: the best way to know is to dig out your insurance policy and read the fine print.

When You Might Be Able To Skip Reporting Your Car Accident To Your Insurance Company

Reporting is a hassle, and you shouldn’t do it if you don’t have to, especially if it might mean seeing your rates go up because your driving record is tarnished. You might not have to give your insurance agent a call if all of the following are true:

 

  • It was a single-vehicle accident. If no one else was involved, there is no one to file a claim except for you. If you had a minor one-car accident that also didn’t damage anyone’s property, you may be off the hook.
  • No one suffered a significant injury. If you and any passengers are totally okay (maybe save a scratch or bruise or sore muscles) you may be okay not to call. Just be warned: it may take a day or two to realize an injury (especially, for example, a head injury or internal injury) and if you don’t file a claim, you won’t be able to be compensated for any medical bills or lost wages.

 

  • Your car didn’t get significantly damaged. If you were just in a fender-bender with a pole or bumped a fence, the only damage may be some scratched paint or a small dent. If it’s something you don’t feel the need to get fixed professionally, or if the repairs will cost less than your deductible, you may choose to skip the headache.

Be aware: many car insurance policies contain a clause that states that you must report any vehicle accident that may result in a claim. Always read your insurance policy closely both when you purchase the policy and when you are involved in an accident.

When You Should Report Your Car Accident To Your Insurance Company

As a general guideline, any significant traffic accident that results in damage or injury should be reported to your car insurance company in an express manner. Specifically, always report your car accident when:

 

  • Someone is injured. If you, your passengers, or someone else involved in the collision suffers a significant injury that results in medical bills, lost wages, or pain and suffering, you must report the accident to the insurance company. As stated above, be aware that the damage from some injuries, like concussions or neck injuries, may not surface immediately.
  • A vehicle is damaged. If your vehicle or another vehicle suffers damage that needs professional repair, you need to call the insurance company and report it, because a claim will likely be filed to pay for the repairs.
  • Property is damaged. Damage does not need to be limited to your vehicles. In some cases, a car may damage another piece of property during a collision, or personal property within the car may be damaged (two common items are cell phones and laptops).

 

Remember: you cannot file a claim and get compensation for damages if your accident or injuries are not reported. Also remember that it is vital that you report only the facts of the accident and nothing more, so that fault can be determined fairly. If you are unsure about how to report your accident, don’t hesitate to speak with an attorney about the process.

Request A Free Car Accident Case Review From Washington Attorney Chong Ye

The wake of a car accident and car accident injuries can be stressful, overwhelming, traumatic, and confusing. The Ye Law Firm is here to help you get through the entire claims process quickly and efficiently, while securing you the compensation that you deserve under the law. To learn more about your case, ask a Washington car accident attorney a question, or schedule an free, private appointment, please call (253) 258-0813 or fill out our short online contact form.

Federal Way Dog Bite Attorney: The Most Common Dog Attack Injuries

Did you know that each year, an estimated 4.5 million Americans sustain a dog bite? While many of those injuries do not require significant medical attention or result in significant damages, thousands leave their victims with lost wages, piles of medical bills, scarring, disabilities, and emotional trauma. In cases where the dog’s owner, or the owner of the property you were on, was negligent, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses.

How can a dog seriously injure you? In this week’s post, we will take a look at the most common types of dog attack injuries and complications in Washington State.

 

  • Puncture wounds. By far the most common injury from dog attacks is puncture wounds, both from dog bites and dog claws. The seriousness of puncture wounds vary from surface scratches to deep tissue injuries that require professional cleaning, stitches, and possibly antibiotics.
  • Tendon and ligament damage. If dog bites go deep, they could affect more than your skin. The most serious bite wounds can damage your tendons and ligaments, especially around your hands, feet, knees, and shoulders. This type of damage often require surgery and longer recovery times.
  • Nerve damage. Deep bite wounds can also result in permanent nerve damage. Nerve damage can result in tingling, weakness, paralysis, ongoing pain, or inability to feel pain. It can be especially devastating to suffer nerve damage in your face, which can result in disfigurement.
  • Organ damage. Puncture wounds in your chest or abdomen area can result in organ damage, such as damage to the liver, stomach, or intestines. These injuries can have severe consequences, including organ failure or sepsis.
  • Scarring and disfigurement. Even somewhat superficial dog bites can leave behind scarring and disfigurement. This can be especially heartbreaking because dogs often bite children on visible parts of their body, such as the hands or the face. Scarring and disfigurement may be improved with plastic surgeries, but these surgeries can be very painful, time-consuming, and expensive.
  • Infection. Dog’s mouths and paws are teeming with dirt and bacteria, and puncture wounds can be deep. Wounds, especially if untreated by a medical professional, can become infected, an issue that may become life-threatening or require hospitalization.
  • Concussion or head trauma. When a dog attacks, the victim is often thrown off of their feet at the same time that they are fending off the animal. This can mean that they strike their head, hard, on the ground, floor, or asphalt. This head strike can lead to a traumatic brain injury that causes ongoing issues for the victim, including headaches, memory loss, or even personality changes.
  • Emotional trauma. Being violently attacked by an animal–or suffering from disfigurement–can have lasting psychological effects including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and phobias. These issues often require both therapy and medication, which can be costly.

 

We believe that it’s also important to mention some of the lesser-known injuries that dog attacks can cause. For example, serious dog attacks on children or the elderly can cause broken bones, amputations, or even death. Other dog bites may rarely result in rabies, a bloodborne disease that is extremely dangerous and even fatal to humans.

Speak With A Washington Dog Bite Attorney About Your Case Today

If you or a loved one has suffered a serious dog bite, you may be owed compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, or other losses–including what you’ve spent on reconstructive surgery or psychological therapy. Learn more about your case by speaking with an experienced, compassionate Seattle dog bite attorney about your case. Chong Ye offers free, private meetings about dog bite cases. To learn more, or to schedule, please call us today at (253) 258-0813 or fill out our short online contact form.

Preventing Washington Motorcycle Accidents: How To Travel Safety In A Group Of Riders

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The Seattle Times recently reported about a multiple-bike motorcycle accident that involved four riders and two serious injuries. The Washington State motorcycle accident occurred during a group ride when one of the bikers lost control, causing multiple collisions.

 

While group motorcycle rides can be an extremely rewarding and fun way to see the country, spend time with friends and on your bike, they can also be dangerous if they are not handled correctly. In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at group motorcycle safety tips so that your next ride in Washington State is as safe and fun as possible.

  • Have a meeting before you ride. Make sure everyone is on the same page before you leave, including your route, any planned breaks, your formation, and your hand signals.
  • Do a quick inspect. Take a moment during your group meeting to inspect your bike, or to inspect the bike of a friend. Make sure everything is in good running order to avoid mechanical issues mid-ride.
  • Ride ready. Make sure you have everything you need for a safe trip. Check your gas tank, and be sure to pack things like a charged cell phone (in case of an accident or breakdown), a small repair kit, and some food and water.
  • Know your route. Choose a route that is fun and interesting as well as one that is safe for group riding. You may wish to avoid areas of congestion or road construction. Review the route during your group meeting.
  • Know the leader and followers. Also during the meeting, choose a group leader as well as a sweep–the person bringing up the back. Both the leader and the sweep should be smart, experienced riders. Place newer riders directly behind the leader.
  • Stagger. It’s legal for two motorcycles to ride abreast of each other in Washington State, but it’s safer to slightly stagger everyone.
  • Don’t show off. It’s never safe to show off on your motorcycle, but that goes doubly for group rides. Even though you might want to impress your pals, showing off could lead to an accident that involves your friends.
  • Say no to speeding. Speeding is always bad, dangerous, and illegal, but it can be especially hazardous if your group of motorcycles is speeding. A crash caused by speed can not only be deadly, but it can cause the riders behind you to crash as well.
  • Use hand signals. Hand signals that warn those behind you about hazards or turns are a great way to keep everyone in the group safe. Review all hand signals at the group meeting before you take off.
  • Take breaks. Riding a motorcycle can be tiring, especially in adverse weather conditions or on twisting scenic roads. Take frequent breaks, both to get some rest from the road and to review the route and ride.
  • Never drink and ride. Being social with your motorcycle friends is fun, but even one or two drinks can affect your reaction times and coordination. Time your drink for after your ride is over.
  • Keep your group size down. Studies have found that riding in groups of 10 or less is the safest and most comfortable number for riders.

 

Speak With A Washington Motorcycle Accident Attorney

Even when you follow all of the safety rules, motorcycle accidents can still happen, whether its a collision with another bike, or whether a different type of vehicle is involved. If you or a loved one have been involved in a motorcycle accident, it’s vital to understand how the accident was caused and whether you may deserve compensation. The Ye Law Firm offers free, confidential case reviews to the victims of motorcycle accidents in and around Seattle. To learn more, or to schedule your appointment, call (253) 946-0577 or fill out our short online contact form.

Safety Tips For Pedestrians Walking At Night

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In SeaTac last week, a pedestrian was struck and killed by a driver on Des Moines Memorial Drive. New station KIRO 7 reported that the 44-year-old man who was killed was putting gas into his car when a passing driver slammed into him, leaving him with fatal injuries. The driver fled the scene of the accident, but his damaged truck was located a short time later by police.

These nighttime pedestrian accidents are all too common in Washington State and the Seattle area. While some can’t be prevented, there are some steps that you can take to lower your chances of being struck by a vehicle at night while you are on foot. In this post, we’ll take a closer look at the best pedestrian safety tips for traveling at night.

  • Consider flashlights or headlamps. Even streets with good street lights may have patches of darkness, and a flashlight or headlamp can make it much easier both to see where you are going, and for approaching vehicles to see you. Consider keeping a spare flashlight or headlamp in your car in case of emergencies.

 

  • Use popular routes and routes with sidewalks. You are less likely to get struck by a vehicle if vehicles are on a road where they expect heavy bike and foot traffic. You are also less likely to be involved in a pedestrian accident if you are on a road with a dedicated sidewalk to path. Consider choosing a safer path, even if it makes your journey a bit longer.

 

  • Walk facing traffic. If you are on a road without a dedicated sidewalk, walk against traffic so that you are aware of approaching vehicles and can move out of the way if necessary.

 

  • Be aware of drug and alcohol use. About 30 percent of pedestrian accidents involve alcohol, and an even greater percentage of nighttime accidents involve drivers or pedestrians who are under the influence. Understand that even if you don’t drive home when you are intoxicated, you may still be in danger if you walk while intoxicated. Consider sleeping it off at a safe place instead of attempting to walk home if you have been drinking.

 

  • Wear light-colored or reflective clothing. One of the easiest steps you can take toward safety is simply to make sure you are wearing bright (white, yellow, orange) clothing and/or reflective clothing. If you are running or jogging at night, know that many brands make exercise clothing and footwear that features reflective strips.

 

  • Never walk while distracted. You’ve probably heard of distracted driving, but distracted walking is also a danger. Don’t wear headphones while walking at night (you won’t be able to hear oncoming traffic) and don’t look down at your smartphone instead of focusing on where you are going or what dangers might be approaching.

 

  • Plan your walking for daylight hours. The bottom line is that the vast majority of pedestrian accidents happen when it is dark outside. If it is at all possible, plan your walking, running, or jogging during daylight hours when cars and trucks will have a much easier time seeing and avoiding you.

 

  • Assume drivers don’t see you when crossing. Crossing the street is simply more dangerous at night. Cross at a light intersection with a traffic light when possible, or at an intersection with a dedicated crosswalk. Whenever you do cross, do so with the idea that traffic cannot or does not see you.

After A Pedestrian Accident, Speak With An Experienced Federal Way Injury Attorney

Even when you take all possible precautions, accidents still happen–and in many cases, it is due to the neglect of the driver who hit you. If you or a loved one has been injured in a Washington pedestrian accident, an attorney can help answer your legal questions, build your case, and get you the compensation you deserve. At The Ye Law Firm, we have helped hundreds of injury victims get justice. To schedule a free, private consultation with Chong Ye, call our office today at (253) 946-0577 or fill out our short online contact form.

What to do following a bicycle accident in WA State

Federal Way bike accident lawyerA survey conducted by the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention recorded that nearly half of a million people visited emergency rooms in the US for bicycle accident injuries in one year.

While bicyclists make 1% of the riders in the US, they are the most prone to accidents and crashes, usually resulting in extreme injuries and death. This is due to the nature of the vehicle they are driving. In case of accidents, where the fault usually lies at the end of bigger vehicles, the bicyclist is entitled to claim for recovery. And to help you get the right amount, an experienced Federal Way bicycle accident attorney will be the best choice after your medical recovery.

Call the authorities

First things first; as soon as you are involved in the accident, call the police. Do not leave the scene or visit the police station to file a complaint. Wait for the authorities to come at the scene and report about your injuries. Meanwhile, collect pictures, videos, and information on any witness present at the time of the accident. This will make your case stronger.

Do not make any statements

The driver will make an attempt to apologize, if they are at fault. Do not negotiate or give statements before the arrival of the police and your attorney. Instead, document everything with the police. The police may also issue a ticket against the driver, which can further help you get claims from your insurance company.

Visit a doctor

Seek immediate medical aid. Your injuries might not be painful at first, but the damage may be too deep to realize. Furthermore, the fact that you took immediate medical assistance will prove that your injuries were present. Ask your doctor or physician to keep a book for your entries every time you visit the hospital to show as proof in your case.

How can a personal injury attorney help?

When a bicycle is involved in an accident with another vehicle (usually bigger), the case gets extremely complex to judge. If you have no attorney and are a victim of such a case, then the bigger vehicle may just navigate you off. For this reason, it is best to seek an attorney specializing in personal injury cases, in particular bicycle accident claims. Communicate every detail of your case with the attorney, so that:

  • The attorney advises you on what to do next
  • Negotiate the case with your insurance provider
  • Act as your representative in the case

More so, do not communicate everything with your insurance company. Provide them with initial basic facts of the case and wait for your attorney to do the job. Insurance companies may not pay for your claims if any information or statement given by you is not in your favor.
So, get help from a personal injury attorney with specialization in the case to assist you with the case proceedings. If you are still wondering what to do with your case, get it reviewed/evaluated for free with a leading law firm in town!

How is liability determined in slip and fall injuries?

Federal Way slip and fall lawyerCertain accidents are beyond our control, such as a slip and fall. Many people are injured every year through slips and falls and to an extent that injuries are extensive, at times even permanent. In such cases, determining ‘who is at fault?’ is often a difficult judgment to make.
Although, in most cases, the owner of the property is liable for such injuries. However, availing claims for injuries caused due to slip and fall accidents is often a complex and stressful process for the victims.

If you or a loved one has been victim to slip and fall injuries, you need to take into account some facts to hold the property owner liable. These are as follows:

The owner or the people should have taken into consideration the potential hazardous place created at the location that could have been prevented. For instance, leaking water from the pipes can cause slips for people walking on the path. If such scenarios would have been recognized by a reasonable person then action can be taken against the owner.

The owner can cause the dangerous condition on purpose. For example, purposely leaving the pot hole open that can cause the walkers to fall or slip.

Case of negligence

The case of negligence will occur if the property owner failed to act reasonable. This can be evaluated by taking the following questions into consideration:

1. Could the hazardous condition be avoided by the property owner? Did he take into account the foreseeable event?

2. Was the property owner careful enough to keep daily, routine checks around? If yes, where is the information recorded? What evidence is available to prove that the property owner was careful?

3. Could the situation be avoided or be less dangerous? Did the owner place any warning signs for people to be aware of?

Besides this, you will also have to prove that you did not cause the accident yourself. This situation could arise when the property owner argues with the victim, trying to prove them as guilty of placing the accident. The questions that may go against you are as follows:

1. Did you have the rightful permission to enter the vicinity of the property owner at the time the accident took place? Were you expected for a visit by the owner/employees?

2. Was there a barrier that did not allow entrance to the location?

3. Were you involved in any such activities that could have caused your slip and fall accident? For example, jumping, playing, running, carelessness, etc.

So, make sure to have prepared answers for such questions when presenting your case in court. If you need expert advice, it would be best to get your case reviewed for free from a Federal Way slip and fall lawyer today. With an experienced attorney’s legal advice, your case will be covered by the best! Contact us today for a free consultation by filling out our online contact form, or by calling us today at (253) 244-9870.

Dog bites: The Legal Aftermath

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According to a survey conducted in the US, at least 1000 people require emergency care treatment due to dog bites injury, everyday.

Dog bites usually occur due to negligence of dog owners. They can occur with any one, at any time. If you are a dog lover, a dog owner, or jut someone taking a stroll in the park or streets, chances are that you might be one of the victims of a dog bite.

When bitten by a dog, people often find themselves in a state of shock. This makes it very difficult for them to remember what happened, or how it occurred. In order to help you claim recovery for injuries, we have prepared a step-by-step guide that can help you in dealing with the legal aftermath of a dog bite.

1. Dog owner

This is one of the most crucial steps to take. Post bite; make sure to track down the owner of the dog who has the legal custody. Getting hold of the owner, or his address will greatly help you in making a strong case.

2. Witnesses

If there were people around you at the time of the incident, make sure to collect their information, such as: name, phone number, and address. People who witnessed the attack will be of great help once you take the matter to the court and ask for a relief.

3. Take pictures/videos

Get hold of your mobile phone and take picture/videos of the situation. Record the dog, the marks, people, and the vicinity to gather evidence and proof.

4. Medical assistance

As per the severity of the bite, call the emergency department for aid, or ask someone to take you to the nearby medical clinic.

5. File your case

After the medical treatment has been availed, file your case with the local or city authorities. Report the case formally to take matters further towards the claim.  However, when filing your complaint, you must include the following information:

  • Cause of the action
  • Statement regarding what the victim is seeking (medical expenses, bills, etc)
  • Request for recovery/relief

6. Get acquainted with a local dog bite lawyer

A case such as dog bite injury should be discussed with an experienced lawyer, who has in-depth knowledge related to this specific case. The attorney should be familiar with such cases in order to take yours further. This is because such a case is easy to navigate by the suspect (rightful owner of the dog), so it is best to have an experienced attorney on board.

If you or your loved ones have been bitten by a dog, and as a result have been injured, missed work, suffered permanent damages, or paid for expensive medical bills, then its time you get in touch with a Federal Way dog bite lawyer. You can get your case evaluated for free by the Ye Law Firm, who can help you relax and recover the cost of the expenses!

The Dos and Don’ts in a Car Crash Accident

It is estimated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that about 6 million people in the US are victims of car crash accidents. Road trips are increasingly common during the summer and spring season and with them car crash accidents. With that said, every driver should be prepared for handling situations in case of a car accident.

To assist you in the panic-stricken situation, we have developed a few do’s and don’ts to follow after a car crash accident. They are as follows:

  • DO stay calm— if there are any passengers with you, check for their injuries and safety first.
  • DO contact the police—Call at your local emergency number even if the injury is minor. The accident should be documented as per the law.
  • DO gather all the evidence and information—Document the car crash, take pictures and videos for evidence of the cars, vicinity, and people. If there are any witnesses available, gather their information such as: name, address, contact numbers, etc.
  • DO report at your insurance company—As soon as you experience a car crash accident, you should inform your insurance company and provide them with the basic facts.
  • DO hire an attorney—a personal injury lawyer will guide you with the proceedings in case the accident is taken to court. It is estimated that accident victims get thrice the amount more in recovery/relief than what one would have claimed without an attorney.

The Don’ts:

  • DON’T make unnecessary statements—do not make statements that can go against you in the future. Wait for your lawyer or the police before you give out any information.
  • DON’T assume about your injuries—do not wait on starting your medical treatment. This might go against your case. If you prolong the treatment, your case for a medical relief will weaken.
  • DON’T let the other vehicle vanish—the other car involved in the accident may give you false information about their whereabouts and vanish. This will leave you nowhere nor help you with settlements in the case. Hold the other party involved in the scene, until the police arrives.
  • DON’T settle for anything unless recommended by lawyer—some drivers may want to settle the case outside the court. For this, they might offer a good sum or pay for your injuries. However, do not make hasty decisions, and let the attorney do the talking. Only after consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney, should you make a final decision.
  • DON’T go all ‘social’ about the accident—today, everything is posted on social media. But, very few realize that the platform can work against them in case of a legal issue. Therefore, as suggested by most attorneys, do not post anything on social media sites that is related to the accident, as it can haunt you back at some point.

Hiring a personal injury attorney should be the first thing on your list. Because, the longer you wait and think, the weaker your case gets. If you want your or a loved one’s case to be evaluated, you can contact The Ye Law Firm for free and know where you stand!