What To Do Immediately After A Car Accident
by Saikon Gbehan, Esq.
- Remain at the Accident Scene
Do not leave the scene of the accident, no matter how minor. Leaving the scene of an accident may constitute a crime and may deny you the opportunity to ensure that an accurate police report is filed. Moreover, ensuring that the accident is properly documented and preserving any photos or evidence of the accident scene may help to protect your interest.
- Call the Police
Having a police officer on the scene will expedite the exchange of information between all parties involved. Besides, a police report will help protect your legal rights. Immediately call the police to the scene and tell them exactly what happened to the best of your knowledge. Do not say or admit things you are not sure of, because that may undermine your ability to obtain a fair compensation for your injury. Insist on a police report even if the officer thinks the accident is minor.
- Identify and Preserve Evidence
You need evidence to prove who is responsible for your injuries. Take pictures of the car(s) involved, injuries suffered, and the scene, if you are able. Photographs or videos of the scene immediately after the accident will be pertinent to getting you fair compensation for your injuries.
- Find Witnesses
Having someone with firsthand knowledge to confirm your version how the accident happened bolsters your claim. Get the name, address, contact information for any unbiased third-parties who saw the accident. It is advisable to also obtain information from passengers, witnesses, and pedestrians involved in the accident.
- Seek Medical Assistance
Do not reject medical evaluation or assistance at the accident scene even if you are unsure you suffered bodily injury. In fact, you should ask for medical attention because your injuries may not be visible or easily noticeable at the time. Receiving professional medical care will not only ensure speedy recovery for your injuries, but also help prove your damages and win your case.
- Consult a Personal Injury Attorney
Your rights are better protected by talking to a personal injury attorney before giving an insurance agent your statement. Insurance companies want to save cost and will likely give you a lowball settlement offer once they know you are unrepresented. A personal injury lawyer can help you understand your legal options and assist you in obtaining fair compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and more. Do not sign any insurance settlement offer without first consulting an experienced personal injury attorney.
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