Steps To Protect Your Rights And Help Your Personal Injury Case
The steps you take after an accident can have a huge impact on your health and your ability to seek compensation for all the damages. Below are the most important actions to take after a car crash.
Get Medical Assistance
In the seconds and minutes after a crash, it’s natural to feel shocked and disoriented. If you are injured your first priority is to get to the hospital. Call 911 for an ambulance. If you are not injured, check on the other party and summon medical help if they are injured.
Move Your Car Away From Traffic
If you are able to move your vehicle to the side of the road and turn on your hazard lights, do so to prevent additional accidents. Flares can also help other passing vehicles to drive with caution.
Document the scene as best as possible. Always get the other driver’s contact and insurance information. Talk to witnesses, and take pictures of the crash with your cellphone or other camera.
Call The Police
The police will need to file a report about the accident. Don’t take responsibility for the crash. Even if you think it was your fault, there may have been other factors at play that contributed to what happened.
Talk To Your Insurance Company
Call your insurer to initiate a claim. Don’t accept any offers from an insurance company, however, until you speak with a lawyer. Their first offer is likely to be low.
Call A Lawyer
Wondering if you should file a personal injury lawsuit? Shelly Law Offices can provide the perspective you need during your free initial consultation.