When you are involved in a car accident due to someone else’s negligence or carelessness and have sustained some personal injury, the first and the most important thing that you should do is get medical treatment. The second is to call a lawyer.
Knowing what to do after an accident critical, as it will help you get the most out of it. According to experts from Buford Law, the most crucial thing that you should do, after getting medical help is contacting a lawyer. Often, they will give you legal advice regarding what to do, and how to go about the process.
Since it is easy to become shaken, disoriented and confused following a crash, here is a breakdown of things that you should do if you are injured in a car accident:
Seek immediate medical attention
In addition to helping you get better, going to the hospital will play a significant role in your compensation. Failing to go to the hospital will only make the insurers believe that you aren’t hurt. So seek medical attention irrespective of the pain level – even if it is just slight discomfort. Delaying the process will hinder your case and recovery too. Insurance company lawyers will also use your delay as evidence that you weren’t really hurt and are not, therefore, eligible to get monetary compensation.
Contact your lawyer
As stated earlier, contacting a lawyer is very critical – unlike you, they have experience in dealing with accident cases. Often, they will help guide you through the process, and represent you to make sure you get compensation for your current and future medical costs, wages lost, property damages among other things. They will also help you negotiate with the insurance companies, and if all else fails, represent you in the court of law. Keep in mind that insurance companies are in it for profit. You need to have an experienced person who has your best interest at heart, and that’s where the lawyer comes in.
Often, your lawyer will advise you to:
Take pictures of the accident scene and your injuries
You will require as much evidence as you can get should you choose to file the case. So after an accident, you should try to take pictures and videos of anything and everything, including car damages, and any other object that’s damaged, as well as your injuries, accident scene, weather, license plates, skid marks and car position & direction. These will help you prove your claims.
Take note of everything
Note down the names and contact details of the other driver, along with their car details and insurance company. Also, record the names and contact details of the witnesses at the scene of the accident. Other things to note include:
- Injuries, medical diagnosis and additional detail regarding your pain
- The treatment and procedures you go through in the hospital
- The kinds of drugs you’ve taken
- Number of days that you missed work or wages you didn’t get because of missing work
- Daily routine changes as a result of the accident