Limousine accidents are not like other types of car crashes. As a limo passenger, you likely did not see what happened before the accident. You were separated from the driver, and you were likely focused on the other passengers you were traveling with rather than what was happening on the road around you.
The crash was likely a complete shock, the accident scene was confusing, and your path to financial recovery may be overwhelming—but it is not a path that you have to travel alone. Here, our experienced Wisconsin personal injury lawyers share tips about what to do after a limo accident, what not to do after a limo accident, and how to get the individualized attention that you need to make a fair recovery.
What to Do After a Limo Crash in Wisconsin
After a limousine crash, you can help protect your legal recovery by gathering relevant evidence, getting necessary medical care, and seeking legal help. For example, you can:
- Take pictures. Pictures can provide a lot of information about the cause of the crash. After a limo accident, it is important to take pictures of all different parts of the limo, the other vehicles involved in the crash, the area where the crash happened, the streets signs or lights around the crash, and your own injuries.
- Make sure the police are called. The limo driver should call the police, but if the limo driver is too injured to do so or refuses to do so, then you should call the police. The police can investigate the accident and write a report.
- Accept medical help. Even if you don’t experience immediate symptoms of an injury, you may be hurt. Prompt medical attention may prevent your injuries from worsening and help you manage your pain. Documentation from your initial medical care may also help you establish that your injuries were the result of the limo crash.
- Get the right information from all drivers. This information should include the drivers’ names, contact information, license information, license plate information, and insurance information.
- Get contact information for all witnesses. Eyewitnesses can provide useful information later if you know how to contact them.
- Request a copy of the police report. The police report can have valuable information about what may have caused the accident.
- Contact a lawyer for a free consultation. An attorney can make sure that your rights are protected and that you take the necessary steps to get the recovery that you deserve.
You may not be able to do everything on this list, and that is okay. You may still have a legal case that allows you to recover damages.
Mistakes to Avoid After a Wisconsin Limo Crash
There are some things that you should not do after a limo accident. The following things, for example, could make it more difficult to make a fair financial recovery:
- Refusing medical attention. This may allow your injuries to worsen and it could create an opening for the limo driver, limo company, or another driver to claim that your injuries were not a direct result of the crash.
- Guessing about the cause of the crash. Do not speculate about the cause of the crash to the police, to an insurance adjuster, to another driver, to the limo company, or on social media.
- Talking to the insurance company or limo company with a lawyer. Insurance companies want to pay you as little as possible for your injuries. Adjusters may try to get you to say something that you didn’t mean to say. If an insurance adjuster contacts you and you are represented by a lawyer, then you should provide the insurance adjuster with the name and contact information for your attorney.
- Failing to contact a lawyer quickly after an accident. There are many potential mistakes that can be made after a limo wreck, and your lawyer can help you avoid them all.
Don’t worry too much if you do make a mistake. One mistake may not prevent your fair financial recovery.
How a Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help You After an Accident
Regardless of the steps that you’ve already taken or the mistakes that you’ve made after your limo accident, we encourage you to call an experienced personal injury lawyer for a free, no-obligation consultation. Our lawyers will review your case and give you an honest assessment about your chances of making a fair recovery. Call us or start a live chat with us now to learn more.