What Should I Do after a Car Accident?
It is difficult to keep your bearings after a car accident, especially when the collision involves physical trauma.
The road to recovery can be long and difficult. After almost any accident, however, there are certain steps you can take to ensure that you have the strongest injury claim for your situation.
Always take the following steps after a car accident:
- Call the police or emergency personnel — If you were injured or your vehicle was damaged, always call 911. The official report will be invaluable if you decide to pursue an injury claim. Likewise, immediate medical attention may save you from worse injury.
- Exchange information — You will need to collect the other driver's personal information, including their name, contact information, and insurance policy.
- Collect evidence —Make sure to get pictures of everything important associated with the accident and your injuries. Pictures are a valuable way to defend your claims later in the case.
- Take notes — Write a personal statement on the accident and collect contact information from eyewitnesses. This will be useful for future reference, preserving key details that might have been lost to time.
- Seek medical attention — Even if you are not critically injured, you should see a doctor after your auto accident to ensure that your injuries are documented and treated as fully as possible.
A few other things to keep in mind: you should never apologize or accept fault for an accident. While you are encouraged to help the other driver, accepting blame for the collision, even unintentionally, could be financially devastating should you be ruled at fault. You should also avoid settling for less than you deserve. With the right guidance, clients often reach a settlement or verdict worth far more than the first offer.