Someone just rearended me, what should I do?
I was just hit, what are the first things that should happen?Immediately call the police. This is critical. The police officer will (1) document what happened; (2) get important personal information; and (3) give citations. Why are each of these important?
(1) Like it or not, the police report is what every person looking at the wreck will use as a guide to what happened. Most importantly, the insurance companies will use the police report as a major factor to determine who was at fault.
(2) The police officer is going to get insurance information, telephone numbers, addresses, car information such as Vehicle Identification Numbers and license plate numbers. This will eventually help to know how much insurance is available and where the at fault driver lives.
(3) The citation will help to definitively show who is liable for the wreck.
The report information has been collected, now what?If you are hurt, call 911 and get an ambulance to transport you to the Emergency Room. This is important because you need to get medical attention for your injuries. Emergency Medical Technicians know how to handle traumatic events and can safely and efficiently transport you to a hospital. Insurance Companies also look to see how quicly you received medical attention when evaluating claims.
I was just released from the Emergency Room with a strained neck, who should I call next?The first call you make is to your primary care doctor to schedule a follow up appointment. This is probably what the Emergency Room doctor suggested, and you should always follow your doctors' orders. You should next contact your insurance company. This is true even if the wreck was not your fault. This is important because there could be a chance the person who caused the wreck does not have insurance, and you want to make sure your insurance company is on notice of the wreck.
When should I contact a plaintiffs' personal injury lawyerIf you are hurt bad enough that you are going to have follow up care, you should contact a lawyer to handle your case. There are countless issues that arise after a car wreck with injuries. An experienced lawyer will know how to handle these issues and will give you an opportunity to focus on the most important issue in the case, your health.