A car accident occurs in seconds. You may be shaken and confused. However, it is important to know what to do after an accident to ensure you are physically, mentally and legally protected. Here are some steps you should take:
Call 911. By taking immediate action to call 911, not only will emergency medical services come to the scene, treating and transporting victims to hospitals, but police will come as well. Having law enforcement write a report is essential in constructing a later injury claim. Officers will document witness statements and issue citations if any traffic violations were committed in the course of the accident.
Take pictures and talk to witnesses. This step is only taken when it is physically possible for you to do so. Clearly if you are injured, you should seek treatment immediately. However, if you are uninjured in the accident, using your cellphone camera to document the position of the vehicles after the crash, any damages to the vehicles and even preserving an image of the other driver’s insurance card can provide necessary evidence in the event that you file a claim. Though police may gather witness statements and information, it may be beneficial for you to get the contact information of any witnesses so they can be contacted in the future.
Seek medical attention. If you are not transported to a hospital, it is still important that you be evaluated by a doctor at the emergency room, a doctor at an urgent care center or by your own personal physician as soon as you can. The doctor can document your injuries and any test results, as well as recommend a course of treatment.
Talk to a lawyer. Getting in touch with an attorney may seem like a stereotypical thing to do after an accident, but it is also the smartest. Only a lawyer can determine whether or not your case has merit, and if it may be possible to successfully resolve a claim for property damages and personal injuries.
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