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What Should I Do After An Auto Accident?

The first few moments after a car accident can be extremely traumatic and disorienting. Depending on the severity of the crash, you may not be able to respond or act. That’s okay. Medical help after an auto accident is ALWAYS a top priority over everything else. If you’re severely injured, you may find yourself unable to do anything other than wait for help to arrive, and that’s okay. If you’re not incapacitated, however, and you are able to respond immediately after an auto accident, you’ll want to keep these few steps in mind.

First steps after an auto accident

1. Assess the scene: Are the passengers of your vehicle and the other vehicle okay? Are you okay? How about the driver of the other vehicle? The first initial step will almost always be to assess the scene and check on other drivers and passengers.

2. Call Police: A phone call can be the most important thing you do at the scene of an accident. It can save your own life or the life of another person. If there is any type of damage or injury, calling police will immediately alert them to the accident and they will make sure to get medical assistance on the way.

3. Exchange of information: If there’s no real damage and everyone is okay, you will still want to exchange information with the other driver. An injury isn’t always immediate. Many people have thought they were okay after a car accident only to find out that they had a painful injury later on. So it’s never wise to drive away without exchanging information with the other driver! They will need information like your name, phone number, and address. While this is a trying time for both parties, this is an important step. If you don’t get the information of the other driver, you can’t contact them later on when the need arises. Unless it’s a fender bender with no damage and you’re certain you aren’t hurt, always get info!

4. Pictures: Not everyone takes pictures after an accident, but it’s definitely not a bad idea if there was substantial damage, skid marks, or other things that might help you prove you were the victim of negligence. You never know when a picture will come in handy during a later insurance or legal procedure, so snap them if you’re able to.

5. Contact Insurance: Insurance needs to know about your accident. Filing a claim is usually as simple as logging online to your account these days, but you should still call and make contact with insurance to let them know about the accident. They will proceed from there and be able to guide you through the process of recovering damages. NEVER, EVER settle with insurance unless it’s a minor accident with no injury. Otherwise, it’s time to call a lawyer.

6. Medical treatment: If you’ve been injured, you’re going to need to keep tabs on all your doctor’s appointments, assessments, and procedures. All of these things may be used later on to file for damages against the other party’s insurance. While it can be a distressing thing to do, it’s necessary in order to make sure that you can someday recover the damages you deserve from your accident.

Contacting a lawyer

Here’s the end all and perhaps the most important thing you can do if you suffered any injury or property damage because of someone else’s negligence. If the other driver was at fault, you may be able to recover damages from them that you aren’t aware of. You will only be able to do this effectively if you contact a lawyer. Never try to pursue any kind of case on your own. If you’re certain that your injury is going to negatively impact your life, it’s time to pick up the phone and call an attorney who helps car accident victims recover damages.

I’m A Little Banged Up, But Nothing Serious. Do I Really Need To See A Doctor?
One of the biggest issues that those involved in accidents deal with is refusing to get medical help early on because they feel fine. Make this costly mistake if you suffer any type injury after an accident and it could negatively impact you financially for years to come. Working with a skilled local personal injury lawyer, you won’t have to worry about your injuries or getting adequate compensation well into your later years.

Even though you are a little banged up, here are a few reasons your personal injury attorney will insist you get to the doctor immediately.

The Proof in the Police Report

Many people make the big mistake of refusing the ambulance to the hospital after an accident because they are only banged up a little. Regardless the extend of the injury, when you refuse the officer’s request to be taken to the hospital, it will be noted on the police report and become a permanent part of the case moving forward. Not only will the insurance company need that report in order to pay any claims, refusing to get medical treatment is a negative you can’t simply fix months or years down the road.

You have the chance now to at least be seen by an expert, take the ride and let the doctors make the final determination it was nothing serious.

The Rush of Adrenaline Wearing Off

Part of the reason that you don’t think your injuries are serious is because adrenaline is still coursing through your body hours and days after the accident. On the surface, you may have a few nicks or scratches, but the adrenaline is masking the fact that you could have serious internal injuries or bleeding. Since you are not a physician, it is important you get to a doctor who can x-ray your body and look to make certain nothing is wrong.

Sadly, many people refuse medical treatment after an accident, and then have to do battle with insurance companies who feel they are off the hook because the injuries were not on any police report after the supposed accident.

Seeing the Best Doctors Available

Once you reach out to a local personal injury attorney, they will make certain you are seen by the best physicians in the area. Now that you have been to the hospital and your family physician has recorded their findings, your attorney is going to make certain you get a thorough check-up and any potential injuries are treated now before they negatively impact you years from now.

If the injuries are permanent, these doctors are highly respected in the area, and their testimony in court can often sway the jury to award top settlements for injuries.

Compensation for Your Injuries Long-Term

If you thought your injury was minor and nothing serious, what do you do when years from now those internal injuries from the incident are impacting you? Since you refused help and thought it was nothing, you deal with your injuries and pay the price financially to get relief. Your attorney is going to consult with all the doctors that analyze your condition and determine how this will impact you moving forward. It is impossible for you to decide how an injury could impact your ability to earn a living or raise a family.

Your personal injury lawyer has decades experience in being able to determine the price this injury will have on your financially well into your later years. Getting the right compensation will ensure you live without fear of having to pay for your pain and suffering long after the incident is passed.

The first call you need to make after an accident is to a personal injury lawyer, and they will explain to you in depth why it is crucial you see a doctor now instead of waiting for when symptoms finally present themselves.


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Charle Butler
2021-03-12
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2021-02-26
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Josh Katz
2021-02-24
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2021-02-24
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