Your immediate actions can help ensure that you have legal options down the road. With that in mind, there are 5 tips for what to do after a car accident.
1. GET MEDICAL TREAMENT
If anyone is injured, you need to seek medical treatment as soon as possible. In many cases, even minor collisions can lead to serious injuries that require treatment, hospitalization and even surgery ― all of which can leave you with significant medical costs. Quite simply, if you are hurting, we recommend you consult a licensed medical professional to document any injuries you sustained as a result of the collision.
2. NEVER LEAVE THE SCENE
The only time you should leave the scene of an accident is when emergency medical treatment is necessary ― and even then, you should only leave in an ambulance. Staying at the scene will help avoid any confusion and will ensure that no charges for hit and run are filed.
3. CALL THE POLICE
The police officer will be able to obtain all of the information from all parties involved. The officer will create an official record of the accident that you can later obtain. An accident report is often used by the insurance company to confirm the events and help determine fault. Without an accident report, the entire set of events may be completely denied by the at-fault party.
4. COLLECT IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Although the police will gather information from all involved parties, it is very important that you obtain as much information for your own records, especially since accident reports are often not available for a few weeks. If you are able to gather the important information, you are not held hostage by the police department before work on your claim can be started. The following information should be obtained if possible:
- Names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses for all parties involved.
- Drivers’ license and license plate numbers for all parties and vehicles involved
- Insurance company name and policy numbers for all involved; and
- Name and ALL contact information for any and all eyewitnesses to the accident.
5. TAKE PHOTOS
Most phones have cameras on them today, so use them. Pictures of conditions or circumstances at the scene of the crash can be invaluable, particularly when proving fault. Be sure to photograph the scene of the crash, damages sustained to your vehicle and to all other vehicles involved. Photographs really are worth a thousand words and can help protect you in case of any dispute.
However, it is important to remember that, depending on your circumstances, additional steps may also be necessary following car crash ― which brings us to another very important tip.Since every car accident is different, you should always contact a knowledgeable personal injury attorney as soon as possible. After all, the insurance company will not wait to begin its case against you ― so you shouldn’t wait either.
Contact Mova Law Group immediately so we can help you obtain the justice you deserve, including compensation to cover your medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, loss of use of your vehicle, pain and suffering, mental anguish and loss of consortium. We will deal with the at-fault person’s insurance carrier, as well as help you deal with your insurance company.