You or your family has just been in a car accident. What do you do now?
Call 911Report the collision. Ask that the police come to the scene. The police will identify the other driver and witnesses, and verify insurance information.
If you are hurt, immediately go to the nearest hospital Emergency Room or Acute Care Clinic.Untreated injuries sometimes get worse.
You may be injured more seriously than you believe.
A delay in treatment may be seen later by an insurance adjuster as proof that you were not really injured.
Do not move your car unless instructed by a police officer to do so.The other driver may later dispute how the collision occurred.
If you have been injured tell the police officer.That fact will be noted on the police report.
You may not know how badly you are injured and may need aid.
Take pictures of both cars at the scene. If you don't have a camera use your cell phone.You need to document the damage to each involved car.
Don't try to settle your case on your own.Insurance adjusters are trained and evaluated on the basis of how cheaply they settle claims.
You probably won't know what fair compensation is in your case.
You may not know which health care providers need to be repaid, and if so, how much?
In most cases of significant injury an experienced attorney will help you receive more money than will be offered in settlement by an insurance adjuster, even after attorney's fees and costs are paid.