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
You must seek medical attention as soon as possible if someone is wounded. Even minor incidents can result in serious injuries that necessitate treatment, hospitalization, and even surgery, all of which can result in hefty medical bills. Simply said, if you are hurting, we recommend that you get medical attention from a competent medical expert to document any injuries you may have incurred 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
Today’s phones all have cameras, so take advantage of them. Photographs documenting the conditions or events at the time of the crash can be quite useful in proving fault. Take pictures of the accident scene, as well as the damage to your vehicle and the other vehicles involved. Photographs are truly worth a thousand words, and they can help you protect yourself in the event of a legal conflict.
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.