What to Do If You Have Been In a Car Accident in Connecticut
Do you want to know how to make resolving your car accident easier for your lawyer and maximize your recovery? What you do in the first week is so important. Read on!
At The Scene Of The AccidentDO NOT REFUSE medical help. Not only is this the wise thing to do it will also help your case. I have had so many clients "think" they were fine, and later find they have lingering, serious injuries.
GET INFORMATION. If you are able, get the names of everyone at the scene. Of course you should exchange information with the other driver and obtain the other driver's license and insurance information. Also write down the plate number or VIN of the other vehicle if you can. Every person at the scene - whether they were involved or not - including officers and bystanders should be listed. Get their name and telephone number.
PRESERVE EVIDENCE. Everyone has a camera on their phone now. If you can take pictures do so. The more the better. If you got clothes dirty, bloody or torn - keep them in a bag and do not wash or repair them.
CALL YOUR LOVED ONES. At a time like this you need to have the care and support of friends or family.
The Next 72 HoursCALL AN ATTORNEY. I personally would not retain a lawyer who promises anything, guarantees "speedy recovery" or is unwilling to take the matter to trial. You realistically will probably not go to trial, but your attorney has to be willing to take it all the way to trial if needed in order to maximize your recovery.
DO NOT TALK TO ANYONE. Especially the other driver's insurance company. Even your own insurance company other than to make a report of the accident. It is best if you make the report with your lawyer.
Even friends. Even family members. Other than your spouse. If they are concerned and want to know how you are doing, just tell them you are working through it with your lawyer. Tell people you are being represented by an attorney and give them your lawyer's name and number. Let the lawyer control the information that goes out.
BE PATIENT & GET WELL. This is all about you getting back to being well and whole. If you need to take a day off, try to do so. If you have doctor appointments or physical therapy, complete all of your appointments. Do what your doctor tells you and be patient.