I Just Got In A Car Accident. What Do I Do Now?
The Steps You Should Take Following An Automobile Accident
Getting in a motor vehicle or car accident is a frantic experience and you may feel overwhelmed, especially if you’ve endured an injury. But there are crucial steps that need to be taken to ensure you can recover from any injuries you may suffer as a result of an accident. Here are some things to remember if you are ever in the unfortunate position of being in a car crash.
1. Call The Police Immediately
It’s essential that an accident report is made at the scene of the automobile crash. Police officers will not only document that an accident happened but also report the damage to the vehicles and the injuries to the parties involved. They should interview witnesses and determine who was at fault. This is critical because the accident report can greatly affect your settlement or court-ordered recovery if injuries result from the accident.
2. Get The Contact Information Of The Witnesses At The Scene
The police report may not always list the contact information for witnesses to an automobile accident. Be sure to obtain it from those willing to share their information – their statements can greatly help your case if it goes to court.
3. Seek A Medical Examination
If you feel hurt after your accident or feel hurt shortly afterward, seek medical treatment right away. Medical records are absolutely necessary for establishing a need for recovery in a personal injury case. Without an official report on these, you may be less likely to receive the compensatory medical coverage you need.
4. Keep A Record Of Your Injuries
Whether they are documented during frequent doctors’ visits or in a journal/diary, a detailed record of your injuries can help your attorney prove the severity of your injuries. This is necessary when damages are being determined in court or in a settlement. Remember, settlements often happen at a later date down the road, so proving your injury status immediately after an automobile accident, with evidence, is vital.
5. Consult With A Personal Injury Attorney
Dealing with things like insurance matters is difficult to navigate & manage, especially since insurance companies will want to pay as little as possible towards your damages. We understand this can be extremely frustrating – these are times when you need someone on your side. Consulting with a personal injury & auto accident attorney will help you navigate the process in a way that is most beneficial to you. We specialize in helping you receive the resources, consultation, and settlement(s) you may need as a result of a motor vehicle accident. Contact our Agee Clymer office for a free consultation today.