Accident Victims Should Know Rights on “Black Wednesday,” Lawyer Says

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Every year, “Black Wednesday” – the night before Thanksgiving – sees a spike in alcohol-related car accidents. Attorney Gary Iscoe wants victims to know what steps to take after calling 911.

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Thanksgiving is supposed to be a time of celebration, but some families will be rushing to the hospital.

Thanksgiving Eve is a night so riddled with DUI arrests and alcohol-related car accidents that authorities have dubbed it Black Wednesday. Tonight, thousands of accidents and hundreds of deaths will occur as revelers take advantage of the festive atmosphere and the chance to sleep in Thursday morning. But victim advocate and attorney Gary Iscoe says victims need to know how to respond to protect themselves.

“Thanksgiving is supposed to be a time of celebration, but some families will be rushing to the hospital,” said Iscoe, a founder of Steinger, Iscoe & Greene injury lawyers. “It’s important to know that you’re entitled to legal compensation which can include payment for your medical bills.”

Iscoe says many people don’t know they have legal options after an accident.

“Anyone, and I mean anyone injured by another driver has the right to payment for medical costs, legal costs, missed work and possibly pain and suffering.”

Common mistakes, according to Iscoe, include saying too much at the accident scene, not seeking legal help quickly, and accepting insurance company checks.

“Insurance companies have an incentive to pay out the least possible, especially after Black Wednesday when they’re inundated with claims,” Iscoe said. “If you take their check and sign their papers, you’re giving up your right to a much larger payment.”

Iscoe advises accident victims to keep a clear head and avoid accepting blame that isn’t theirs.
“In shock, a lot of victims will insist they’re fine or apologize even if it wasn’t their fault. These statements can be used against you later. In some cases, they could even lead to lawsuits against you.”

Instead, Iscoe says victims should record everything that happens at the scene and only disclose necessary information.

“Protect yourself,” he said. “Don’t give up until you talk to a lawyer.”

About Gary Iscoe:

Gary T. Iscoe has 20 years of experience handling accidents and injuries. He started his legal career working for insurance companies and quickly decided he’d rather stand up for victims. He can be contacted at 800-560-5059 or via

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