4 Things to Do After a Car Accident
A car accident can be a stressful, frightening, and devastating experience. Although nothing can prepare you for the unpredictable nature of a car accident, it can be comforting and useful to know what to do if you ever find yourself in this situation.
Get Medical Attention.
The first thing to do after a car crash is to seek medical attention for yourself and the other people involved in the accident. Some injuries may not be immediately apparent after an accident; it could take weeks for an injury to fully reveal itself. If this happens to you, see a doctor as soon as you become aware of the injury.
Notify Your Attorney, Then Your Insurance Company.
It is important to contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible after a car accident. Having an attorney on your side during the aftermath of a car accident can ease your worries and confusion. You should notify your insurance company within 72 hours of an accident. However, you may want to avoid making any detailed statements to insurance claims adjusters until you have had the chance to speak with an attorney.
Begin Gathering Evidence.
If you can do so safely, take photographs of the scene of the accident. Remember to get contact information for everyone you speak with at the scene of the accident: the other driver and passengers, witnesses, insurance agents, and police officers. You will also want to obtain a copy of the traffic accident report filed by the police officer that responded to your accident.
It is very important to carefully document your injuries. In addition to keeping your own notes, this can be accomplished by communicating with your medical providers clearly and in detail, so your medical records will accurately reflect the true scope of your injuries.
Schedule a Free Consultation With a Personal Injury Lawyer.
If you were injured in a car accident, consider scheduling a free initial consultation with a personal injury lawyer. At your free case review, you should bring a copy of the police report, medical records, pay stubs, and other documents relevant to your car accident. An attorney will review your case and let you know the best way to proceed.
The personal injury attorneys at McAllister, Aldridge, & Kreinbrink, PLLC are happy to assist you. Contact our office in High Point, North Carolina today.