Car accidents are a common occurrence, and are linked with significant stress and possible injuries, serious or otherwise.
What you need to do after a car accident
Car accidents are associated with shock and therefore it is important that you follow a few rules to avoid problematic incidents. First and foremost, try to remain calm and do not attempt to leave the scene of the accident. This is particularly important and can’t be stressed enough!
Try moving to the side of the road if practical and check if anyone is injured. If that is the case then call the ambulance and the police immediately; in the meantime and if appropriate, give immediate aid to the injured person(s).
Consider these tips if you have been injured in a car accident.
- No-Fault Insurance Laws
- No-fault insurance basically means that the injured victim can have their losses indemnified by their own insurance company and for this type of insurance, it does not matter whose fault it was when the injury occurred. This is covered under your Personal Injury Protection (PIP) provision of your policy and is required on all policies sold in Kansas.
- Comparative Fault
- In Kansas, a judge or jury determines the degree of the each party’s negligence and the amount of total damages. If you were partly at fault, your damages may be reduced considering the proportion of your fault. If however, the law finds that your contribution to the accident was 51% or more, it bars you from claiming for damages from the other party.
- Time Limit
- First of all, you should understand that Kansas State Law, under the statute of limitations, sets a time limit for filing a personal injury claim. It must be within two years of the accident. In some cases, injuries manifest after a significant lapse in time following the accident.
If you’ve been injured in an accident, contact the personal injury attorneys at DeVaughn James Injury Lawyers in Wichita, Kansas. Call 316-977-9999 in Wichita, Kansas or 1-800-834-8400 for a free case evaluation with no obligation.