Check to make sure everyone is okay, though don’t admit or even suggest that you were at fault or partly at fault for causing the accident.
Determing fault is something that an expert attorney can do for you or that the insurance companies will use against you if you go in alone.
Call 911 for emergency services and request an ambulance as needed.
The police should come on site to file an official police report of the accident, which can greatly help you build reputable evidence for your claim.
Requesting emergency medical assistance is important to ensure that everyone is okay and to make sure that you get the medical attention you need. Not only this, but getting medical attention on site of your accident will also help build a stronger injury claim.
Exchange information with the other party involved.
Be sure to get the name(s), driver’s license information, and insurance information of the other party or parties involved in the accident. This is essential for when it comes time to file your claim against the other party’s insurance.
Record as much evidence of the accident and injuries as possible.
Although the job of the police officer who comes on site to make the official police report, it’s important that you also build your own report. Collect as much evidence by taking as many photos of the scene of the accident, property damage, injuries sustained from the accident.
Try to gather information and testimony from witnesses as well - this can be particularly valuable to building the strength of your case. Also, be sure to get the name, badge number, and police report number from the officer who made the on site report.
- DON’T CALL YOUR INSURANCE AGENT JUST YET.
While you might feel in a bind and panicking about how you will cover the costs of the damages caused in the accident, don’t fret.
If you call you insurance agent right away without having a legal professional build your case and assist you, you could harm your case. The insurance company might deny your claim or work to offer your a really low and unfair settlement.
You need to first and foremost gather the information you need to build your claim, then speak to an attorney in a free case evaluation.
Call an experienced car accident attorney to assist you in filing your claim.
You should always contact an attorney before contacting your insurance agency, because if you don’t, the insurance company could try to play you.
A good car accident attorney, like those at West Coast Trial Lawyers, will offer you a free consultation to evaluate your case. Let the pros handle it while you focus on getting well.
Get medical treatment as soon as posisble.
Whether you decide to take the ambulance or not, it’s important that you get physically assessed by a medical professional and continue recieving treatment for your injuries as soon as possible.
This is important to ensure that you recover well and lessen the chances of further complications down the road with any injuries sustained in the accident.
Not only this, but if you don’t receive medical attention right after an accident, the insurance company might try to use that against you and claim that you didn’t really get injured from the accident, but from some other incident.