Totaled car behind a pickup truck after an auto accident

What To Do After a Car Accident

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Even for a composed individual, a car accident is a jarring experience. Contacting a car accident attorney, or personal injury lawyer, can make all the difference in the compensation you’ll get. Too often people make a settlement claim without waiting to see the full extent of their injuries. Having a lawyer will help secure your rights. Once you’ve contacted your legal representation, it is important to document your accident.

Seek medical attention right away

Even if you feel fine initially, you may later experience symptoms up to days, weeks or even months later. Going for medical attention gets the care you need, and helps establish the correlation between your injuries and the accident. Take pictures of your injuries. Bruises and cuts will eventually heal, so it’s important to keep records of your injuries. Follow through on taking all medicine and medical direction given.

Don’t talk about who’s to blame

When exchanging information after the accident, be careful not to talk about who was at fault. Not only does this prevent any potential arguments, but this also prevents liability. Even something as simple as saying “I’m sorry” can make you liable.

Start collecting documentation

Get a copy of the police report. Double-check it was filled out correctly. Get the badge numbers of the officers involved. Stay at the scene of the accident until the police department has left and other drivers have gone.

You should also take pictures of the damage done to your car. If you don’t have a camera available then take pictures with your cell phone; however, if your cell phone takes low quality pictures they might not be usable. A good idea may be to leave a disposable camera in your glove box.

Take notes of how you’re feeling day to day. Note how your injuries affect your health. Keep track of the out-of-pocket expenses. Anything like heating pads, cancellation of plans (e.g. vacations), daycare, missed work or school, using a rental car or anything else used to accommodate your injury.

Don’t sign anything without talking to your personal injury lawyer first

They know what forms to sign and what your legal obligations are. If another insurance company calls you, refer them to your lawyer or to your own insurance company. Be sure to discuss the accident only with your attorney and your insurance company. For more information, contact Hales & Associates, Attorneys today.


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