Auto Accident FAQs

I've been injured -- what should I do first? Why do I need to contact an attorney? Why should I consider having the Law Offices of Edward A. Smith represent me? How do I know if I have a claim worth pursuing? What kind of factors may affect the value of a claim? Do I have a time limit in which to bring a claim? What if the at fault party did not have auto insurance at the time of the accident? What if the at fault party has very little, or minimum, insurance coverage? What is a wrongful death claim? Do I have to go to court to receive a settlement for my injuries? Do I need to pay back my health insurance after my case is settled? Do you even need a lawyer? You've hired an attorney...what's next? The importance of Uninsured-Under insured Motorist Insurance coverage. What Does the Phrase “Comparative Fault” mean? Personal Injury Damages- What you’re able to recover. Can I recover for lost wages after being injured in a car accident? Can I recover from income I’ll likely lose in the future? Can I be compensated for lost income if I am self-employed? If self-employed, how is lost income calculated? What if my doctor releases me to return to work, but I’m still in too much pain to do so? Loss Of Consortium Damages. Can I recover for my medical expenses? What is Med-Pay Coverage and why it’s good to have. How long can I receive med pay benefits? Uninsured/Under-insured Motorist Protection (UM) ERISA Regulated Medical Insurance Coverage Out of Pocket Expenses. In-Home Nursing Care/Attendant Care. Household Chores/Replacement Services. Home Modifications and Accommodations After an Auto Accident Who pays to get my car fixed? Can I get my car repaired at any body shop? My car’s totaled...what will I be paid? If the car is a total loss does the insurance company pay the whole value? Help! I need a rental car! What if the other driver’s insurance company and I disagree on property damage issues? Loss of Use - You’re entitled to it! Can I keep my car, even if it’s totaled? The accident was my fault. What is the benefit of hiring a lawyer? Can I recover for lost wages? I used vacation pay on the days I took off due to my injuries. Do I still have a claim for lost wage? Can I be compensated for lost income if l am self-employed? If self-employed, how is lost income calculated? Two of My Recent Cases - Factors and Variables Involved in Each 72 Ways Insurance Companies lie, cheat and steal from people injured in car crashes Out of State Accidents and Out of State Clients Are you a Canadian Resident Injured in the United States? We can help! 28 percent of accidents involve talking, texting on cellphones Spine Fractures and Whiplash Be Aware of Brain Injury Symptoms After a Car Accident! Disc Replacement What is Bodily Injury Liability Coverage? What is Property Damage Liability Coverage? What is Uninsured Motorist Property Damage Coverage? What is Uninsured Motorists Bodily Injury Coverage? What is Medical Payments Coverage? What is Comprehensive Coverage? What is Collision Coverage? If uninsured motorist coverage is optional, why should I buy it? I already have health insurance. Why should I get medical payment coverage on my auto insurance policy? Should I buy a personal umbrella insurance policy? I was injured and the person who struck me has no insurance. How can I recover for my damages? What is a reasonable amount to accept for my case? I was hit on the freeway in the rear by a drunk driver with no insurance. I have UM insurance up to $50,000.00 Do I decide whether my car is to be repaired or replaced? Why does the insurance company repair some cars but pay the replacement value for other cars? Should I allow any body shop that is associated with the insurance company look at my car? Who is responsible for the towing and storage bills? Who pays for a rental car while my car is being repaired? My car was determined a total loss. How can I determine if the actual cash value offer the insurance company is offering is fair? I am still making payments to the bank on my car but it was declared a total loss in the collision. Who will get the money from the insurance company, me or the bank? The money the insurance company has given me for my vehicle will not completely pay off my car loan. What is going on? What's Tailgating? Can they prove I was following too close? What's the 3 -Second Rule? I Was Paying Attention, it just jumped out at me I Just Missed it, People Make Mistakes, Right? What If a Traffic Sign Was Blocked, and Not Visible? What If a Traffic Sign Was Only Partially Blocked? The Other Driver Broke the Law I Was Breaking the Law, But So Was the Other Driver Who is at fault in an accident? 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Client Reviews
  • Me and my wife; had a car accident. We were amazed how easy, professional, friendly attorney Ed Smith is along with his staff. Everybody is amazing. Thank you so much, we are very impressed!
    Sincerely, Alex & Dinah M. ★★★★★
  • Ed Smith and his office team took on a difficult personal injury case on my behalf and for the passenger in my car. Ed is a top- notch attorney. His staff couldn't have been more helpful and kind. No need to look elsewhere. I give Ed Smith my highest recommendation. Beverly ★★★★★
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  • I would highly recommend Ed Smith to any friends or family in need of a personal injury attorney. Ed, and his staff, are very caring on top of being very experienced in this field. The staff always keeps you informed of the status of your case and they are always easy to reach by phone. Shannon D. ★★★★★
  • Edward Smith law offices provide competent, thorough, and personable help for victims of personal injury. When you first meet the staff you know you contacted the right office. This law office treats clients like people. I recommend this office to anyone seeking representation regarding personal injury. David M. ★★★★★