Being involved in a car accident, even a simple fender bender, is very stressful. Many people who are involved in a car accident are dazed and confused, and don’t know what to do next. At our firm, we want you to be informed of what you should do after a crash.
There are 4 steps you should take after an accident:
- Make sure everyone is safe. After a crash, it is important to check on the safety of everyone involved. Check yourself first for injuries, and ask your passengers if they are okay. You should also call 911 immediately and tell them your precise location. If your vehicle is in the middle of the road or an intersection, you should move it to a safe location, such as the shoulder or a parking lot. This can help prevent another accident. However, if you are injured, or your car is totaled, it is best to stay where you are and wait for emergency medical responders and police to arrive.
- Seek medical attention. If you are seriously injured, you should remain still and don’t try to get out of your vehicle. Emergency medical personnel will be able to treat your injuries and protect your body from further damage. However, even if you have minor bumps and bruises, or you don’t feel injured at all, it is still important to make an appointment to see your doctor as soon as possible. Some injuries, such as whiplash and other soft tissue damage, may not exhibit symptoms for days or even weeks after an accident. By seeing your doctor, you can make sure you don’t have any underlying injuries that need treatment. You should also request a copy of your medical records to use in support of your personal injury claim. Your medical records will show the extent and cause of your injuries.
- Exchange information with the other driver. You will need to exchange insurance information with the other driver who was involved in the accident. This includes the name of your insurance provider and your policy number. You will need to get this information from the other driver, and notify your insurance company right away. The insurance adjuster will begin to investigate the crash and determine how much compensation you are entitled to.
- Gather evidence. This is a very important step. After a crash, you should take pictures of all vehicle damage and property damage from different angles to accurately gauge the damage caused by the accident. In addition, you should take pictures of any visible injuries, and request a copy of the police report. You can also talk to witnesses and write down their contact information in case you need to get in touch later on. The insurance company and police will conduct an investigation to determine what happened, but it is helpful to have your own evidence to build your case. If the insurance company disputes your claim, evidence is essential to protect your right to a settlement. Medical records, as well as a journal of pain and suffering as you recover, can also be used as evidence in court.
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At Palmisano & Goodman, P.A., we provide experienced representation to injured clients. If you or a loved one were injured in a car accident, our team will represent you tenaciously as you seek justice from negligent or reckless drivers. We will investigate the situation, gather evidence on your behalf, and negotiate a fair settlement with the insurance company. From start to finish, our Woodbridge car accident lawyers will stand by your side.
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