The first minutes and hours after a car accident are the most critical. What you do directly after a car accident does not only affect your health but also your potential legal case.
Car accidents can be scary when they first happen. You may be in shock from the collision, or you may suffer a painful injury. Having a plan in case you do get into a car accident can take away some of the nerves.
Below are the steps we recommend you take after an accident.
Check For Injuries
First, check yourself for injuries. Be careful and make sure you can move without further hurting yourself. Then, check any passengers that may have been in your car for possible life-threatening injuries. Once you’ve assessed the injuries in your car, check to see if you can help anyone else who may have been involved.
Police and first responders are your first step to documenting what has happened. Make sure you know where you are so you can give them a good description of how to locate you. Once they arrive, tell what happened but do not admit fault. Phrases like “I’m sorry” could hinder any potential legal case you may have.
Document The Scene
While you await the authorities, take photos and videos of the scene. Documenting the scene of the accident is not only for your insurance but having photos and videos may come in handy should you seek legal counsel. Once you document the scene if your car(s) are still drivable move them out of traffic. Moving your card off to the side will protect you and anyone else involved from further injuries while being in the flow of traffic.
Before you leave the scene, don’t forget to exchange information with the other drivers. You may need to give their contact information to your insurance company or your personal injury lawyer.
Make A Doctor’s Appointment
If you don’t head to the emergency room after the accident, schedule an appointment with your doctor. Making sure all injuries are taken care of and well documented will be beneficial for you and your potential legal case. Finish any treatments prescribed by the doctor and document any visible injuries, as you may need photos in the future.
Going through the insurance company is only one of your options after a car accident. They will be evaluating your injury claim right as soon as you call. To protect yourself before and after you speak to them, seek counsel from a personal injury attorney. With the help of an attorney, you can level the playing field and give yourself a better chance at winning a proper settlement.
If you’ve recently been in a car accident and you think you may need legal counsel, contact JMG Law Firm today. We’re ready to help you go over your options.