What to Do Right After An Auto Accident

What to Do Right After An Auto Accident

If you have been injured in an automobile accident, there are several steps that you should take right away. You may want to file a personal injury claim in the future, and there are steps that you should take to prepare for that. Regardless of whether or not you end up filing the claim, it is helpful to have this information and be prepared just in case something happens. Here are the steps you should take directly after being injured in an automobile accident.

– Right after you get in the accident, move the car away from the road and call the police right away. You also may want to contact your insurance company, depending on the level of damage to your car. However, limit your discussion of the accident with the police and the other party to just the facts, and do not place blame or implicate yourself at this time.

– Take care of your health. Before you can even think about how you are going to manage a personal injury suit, you’ll want to go to the hospital and get treated right away. The longer you leave an injury lingering, the more difficult it is to recover. If you cannot get yourself to the hospital or an urgent care right after an accident, call an ambulance or a trusted friend or family member to come get you.

– Before you leave the scene of the accident, take pictures with your phone if you can (or have a friend do it for you). It may help you later to have this evidence to show exactly what happened.

– Get the contact information for any witnesses of the accident. Once you have taken care of your health concerns, contact them and ask them for their account of what happened. If they agree that the other party was at fault for the accident, then you may be able to use their testimony in a personal injury suit in the future.

– Once you start to recover, write down as many details of the accident as you can remember. Focus on being as factual as possible, and don’t embellish or leave anything out. This will include any details of what was happening in traffic at the time of the accident, anything that was going on in your car, and most importantly, the behavior of the other party. The sooner you do this, the better, as you may forget important details if you wait too long to do it.

– Keep all of your medical records from after the accident, and save any other evidence of how the injury affected your life. For example, if you had to take time off of work, save any documents that can prove this.

– Keep careful track of any conversation you may have had with the other party involved in the accident, and be very careful of what you say. You do not want to accidentally implicate at any point that the accident may have been your fault, as this could make it impossible for you to win a personal injury case in the future. If you do decide to file a lawsuit, you’ll need to inform this party that you will be making a claim against them.

– Once you decide that you are definitely going to file a claim against the other party, contact a lawyer for help. Ideally, this person should be someone with experience in personal injury suits who knows exactly what to do in a case like yours. Your new lawyer can help you take these steps after an accident, and they can also provide you with any important resources that you may need to file a claim. They may even be able to give you advice regarding insurance and other important aspects of the accident.

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