Take These Steps After an Auto Crash to Protect Your Right to Compensation for Your Injuries
When you are injured in a car accident caused by another driver, it can be a very stressful and frightening experience. Fortunately, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering from the negligent driver. However, you will need to take steps immediately after your wreck and the days following it to strengthen your claim and prove the other driver’s negligence.
Crucial Steps You Should Take After Your Auto Accident
Even though you know you did nothing to cause the collision, you must still prove this to the negligent driver’s insurance company or to a jury if you must take your case to trial. Here are key steps to take to do this:
Seek medical care. If you suffered injuries, you should seek immediate medical care to protect your health. Even if you do not believe that you were hurt, you want to be examined by a doctor within a day or two of the crash because some symptoms take days or longer to emerge. In addition, this helps avoid disputes with the insurance adjuster as to the cause of your injuries—which is common when victims do not seek prompt medical care and file a claim.
Contact the police. You should call 911 at the accident scene and obtain a copy of the police report. You will need it when you file your claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company. In addition, it will contain helpful information, such as the other driver’s statement, a narration of how the wreck occurred and who caused it, and whether any citations were issued.
Obtain contact information. You need to obtain the contact information for the other driver and his insurance company. Also be certain to obtain contact information for any witnesses who saw the accident occur and can support your claim that the other driver caused it. If you do not get their information at the scene, you may not be able to locate them to get their written statement when you need it.
Take pictures. You should take pictures of the damage to the vehicles, road conditions, skid marks, your injuries, and anything else you believe could be helpful to your claim for compensation. If you are too injured to take photos yourself, ask someone to do this for you.
Retain an attorney. One of your first steps after obtaining the medical care you need should be to retain an experienced car accident attorney. He can investigate the accident, gather evidence you need, file your claim with the other driver’s insurance company, and negotiate a settlement for you so that you receive what you are entitled to.
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