Important steps and information for what to do immediately after an auto accident.
Call the Police
It is extremely important to call the police immediately after an accident. The officer will create a detailed report containing all of the specifics of the accident that the insurance company will need to make a liability determination. Also, you never know who the other driver is, or if they are injured. Let the police assist with fact finding and medical assistance.
Exchange Insurance Information
Both parties' insurance companies will investigate the accident in regard to property damage and injuries. Usually, contact with the other driver is made before the police arrive. You should get the other driver's name, phone number, and insurance information to set up a claim against their policy. Liability will generally be determined at a later time, but it is critical to know whether they have insurance and which company insures them.
Get Witness Information
Oftentimes there are witnesses to an accident. If you are able to get their name and contact information, it will assist both insurance companies during their investigation. Sometimes witnesses don't stick around for the police to get there and officers may miss someone who was there earlier. Witnesses could have valuable information that helps your claim and verifies your side of the story.
Seek Medical Treatment
If you immediately know that you are injured, this is a no brainer. However, many times you are nervous and shaken up after the accident and you don't immediately recognize symptoms of injury until the next day. It is critical to get evaluated by a doctor ASAP to have any injuries documented, and to preserve your future Personal Injury claim. The best thing you can do to ensure your longterm health is to be proactive about any possible injuries and receive an immediate evaluation.
Call An Accident Attorney
Immediately call an experienced Accident Attorney. We can set up your claim with the liable insurance company and ensure that you don't make any unnecessary statements that may damage your claim. We specialize in resolving Personal Injury claims by contacting witnesses, analyzing medical documents, negotiating your medical bills and filing lawsuits to obtain a settlement or verdict in regard to your personal injuries. We represent injured clients on a contingency basis, so there is no cost to you unless we win your claim. You focus on recovery, we focus on justice!
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