Statistically, every single person in the United States will be involved in a car accident at least once in their life. This is a staggering reality, particularly since car collisions often lead to severe or catastrophic injuries and tragic fatalities. When an accident occurs, most people are so startled they freeze up in shock and often mishandle the scene.
With all this information in mind, it’s important to know what steps you should take if you’re ever involved in a minor or major collision. To help you prepare for this situation, our attorneys have assembled this list of 6 steps must follow if you’re ever involved in a car accident:
- Call 911: After an accident occurs, your first priority is to ensure that everyone involved is unhurt. Even if everyone seems fine, it’s still important to call for emergency services. Do not, under any circumstances, leave the scene of the accident until the police have completed their accident report.
- Exchange information: If it’s safe to do so, exchange insurance information with the other driver. Be careful not to accept or imply fault when discussing the incident.
- Document the accident: If you want to file a personal injury claim, it’s imperative that you take pictures of both vehicles, the scene of the accident, and any injuries you may have sustained. If you can, talk to witnesses and write down their names and phone numbers.
- Seek treatment: While this safety precaution ensures your personal health, it is also essential to validate your claim. The full extent of your injuries may not be immediately apparent after the accident. A medical professional is trained to identify the signs and treat the symptoms of any accident-related injuries. It’s imperative that you request a copy of your medical record and keep any receipts related to your accident injury.
- Retain legal representation: The success of a personal injury case often depends on the quality of the plaintiff’s lawyer. When you hire our firm, we can help you effectively navigate this complicated legal process and negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf.
- Keep a record: You don’t want to rely on your memory when it comes to your personal injury case. It’s important to keep a record of how your injuries are negatively impacting your daily life.
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