Five Important Actions to Take After a Car Accident

A car accident happens so quickly. Certainly it’s not something you can prepare for - but it’s critical to take these steps afterwards to protect yourself.

  1. Seek medical help immediately if you are injured. You have the right to a physician of your choice. Keep records of all treatment received, medications prescribed, and medical recommendations given by the doctor.
  2. Document the accident
    • If possible, take photos of the scene (damaged vehicles, any property involved (guard rails, signs, buildings, etc), skid marks, debris and injuries).
    • Interview witnesses and get their contact information
    • Write down everything you remember from the accident. Show the position of the cars after the accident. Step off exact distances of skid marks and other important distances.
    • Get a copy of the accident report

  3. Report the accident to your insurance company Only provide the contact information for the other drivers involved.
  4. Don’t agree to sign anything or provide a statement to an insurance company. This could possibly forfeit your rights to seek further damages once the full impact of your injuries is known.
  5. Call for help. if you have a case and how much compensation you may be eligible to receive. Don’t accept an unfair settlement from the insurance companies - you may be entitled to more.
    This is a very stressful time and we can help you determine the best course of action. We’ll fight relentlessly so you can collect the money you deserve to cover costs associated with your injury and treatment, future medical care, pain and suffering and lost earning capacity. Our law office understands the ins and outs of all types of car accident cases:
      • Another driver - drunk driver, hit and run
      • Defective product (for example defective seatbelts, tires or brakes)
      • Road conditions - poorly maintained roads, messy and confusing construction, unclear signage, improperly designed roads. NOTE: Claims against government entities have strict filing deadlines, usually as short as six months.
        A car accident injury shouldn’t ruin your chance to lead a full life. The choice is yours to seek the compensation you deserve for your auto injury and send a clear message about the importance of safety for all.


        Marietta Nixon said...

        I do have to agree that most of these things you should do. However most people don't do them. I know from personal experience that if you let some car accident injuries go for a while, if you want to get them fixed your going to have to pay even more. I had a fractured collar bone in my accident and I was stubborn and waited a few months. I was in pain months after my accident, but it was going to cost me to have them to re-break it and bandage me up. I couldn't afford that so I had to resort to a settlement loan to help me out. But if your injured in an accident make sure you get checked out. Even if your not feeling it moments after an accident, go the next day.

        Chuck Stevens said...

        Great advice! You made some extremely important points here. I feel like people are so shaken up after an accident they end up doing something that could jeopardize their case. It is so important to remain level headed and calm. I think the best point you made is the last about car accident injuries shouldn't ruin your life. Being compensated is your right! If I could add anything it would be how important it is to get an accident compensation lawyer. Accident claims can turn into sticky situations and you never want to deal with them without the proper legal guidance.

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