What to do if you are a victim of an auto accident
After a traffic accident your life can be, literally and figuratively, turned upside down. To undo the damage caused takes knowledge and work. Following this guideline will make a big difference in recovering from an unfortunate accident.
What to do the moments after an accident.Immediately after an impact it is important to do the sensible thing and check your surroundings. Safety must come first. Make sure you and your passengers are OK, if possible move to a safer place, and call the police. Even for minor accidents you want to make sure a police officer prepares a report. If it is safe to do so, talk to and get information of any witnesses, including the other driver. Take pictures of the scene, this includes pictures of the other vehicle.
What to do about your personal injuries.If your injuries warrant the need make sure to allow EMS to examine you and take you to the hospital if necessary. If you do not go to the hospital immediately after the accident it is important to seek an evaluation from a qualified doctor soon after. You will be surprised how significant injuries can be even from what may seem like a minor accident. Keep in mind that a little nagging pain the day after can result in significant pain years after. A qualified doctor will help you avoid such a scenario.
Beware of solicitors and insurance companies.Don't trust insurance companies. Insurance companies are in business to make money not give it out. Naturally, when it comes out to paying for an insurance claim they will try to minimize the amount that should be paid out. Having someone on your side is key to getting fair treatment.
Do not talk to solicitors. These are individuals who claim to work for an attorney or work for an unethical one. They will promise you the moon and the stars, with no intention of keeping them. It is illegal for an attorney or someone that works for them to reach out to you without your request. It is important to find an attorney of your choice, not one that manipulates his or her services upon you.
Talk to an attorney.Most attorneys offer a free consultation to evaluate your claim. Even minor accidents merit an evaluation by a qualified attorney. Key word in this discussion is an attorney, not an assistant or paralegal. Find an attorney that will take the time and speak with you directly and give you the attention you deserve.