If you’ve been injured in a car accident, it can be difficult to know what to do in the aftermath. However, there are several steps you need to take to make sure you can recover damages. Keep these nine tips handy if you ever find yourself behind the wheel in an accident.
Don’t Leave the Accident Scene
Always stay at the scene of an accident, especially when someone has suffered serious injuries or death. You could face severe criminal penalties if you commit a hit-and-run.
Check on All Involved
Before you decide to look for property damage, you should assess the injuries of anyone involved in the accident. Call for medical help immediately after the collision and don’t move anyone if they have back or neck pain or are unconscious, as it can cause further injury. Wait for the ambulance to arrive instead.
Contact the Police
For any accident that involves heavy physical injury, property damage, or death, it’s important to call the police to the scene. Remember to get the name and badge number of any officer you work with.
Get Important Driver Information
You’ll need to exchange important information with other involved drivers, including names, license numbers, phone numbers, addresses, and basic insurance information. Try to stay cordial when doing so. You should also get the contact information for any passengers in the involved vehicles.
When talking to other drivers, never apologize for your part in the accident. To do so would be admitting you’re at fault and taking legal liability for the crash.
Get Witness Statements
Talk to witnesses to find out what they saw and get their contact information. Be sure to ask whether locals have ever witnessed other accidents in the same area.
Photograph any damage to your vehicle, as well as your injuries, as soon after the accident as possible. Vehicle damage photos help your insurance adjuster determine compensation for the damage, while photos of your injuries can help prove how severely you were hurt.
Call Your Insurance Company
You should let your insurance company know what happened. If you were not at fault in the accident, your insurance company and your lawyer will facilitate the process of getting your vehicle fixed. A police report can help you prove liability by pointing out any traffic laws that were broken.
Track Your Medical Care
Keep track of any medical treatments and referrals you receive from any providers you see. Write down a detailed account of medications and treatments, and request copies of your bills and medical reports to help you prove your medical expenses in court.
Pain and suffering are harder to prove. You should keep a record of the ways in which your injuries impact your everyday life. Record any routine activities you can no longer do, any work days you’ve missed, and how the injuries affected your family life.
Hire an Attorney
Never agree to an early settlement offer from the insurance company. You may not even know the extent of your injuries at that point. You want to be sure all of your medical expenses are paid for, so it’s best to consult with an attorney before taking an offer for compensation.
If you or a loved one were involved in a car accident, due to no fault of your own, Attorney Mel can help maximize your recovery. Call her today at 678-250-5449.