Millions of car accidents occur every year in the United States and, despite the frequency of occurrence, each of these incidents can leave survivors feeling overwhelmed and traumatized, especially in cases where severe injuries are sustained. To ensure you receive fair and just compensation for your injuries, there are certain steps you must take in the aftermath of an auto accident.
What You Should Do Next
After an accident, people are often in a state of shock, which can sometimes make it difficult to think clearly in the aftermath. We compiled a list of steps you should take after being involved in an accident.
Below are some steps you should take after an accident:
- Never leave the scene of an accident, even if it appears to be a minor one.
- Do what you reasonably can to protect the scene of the accident, including keeping your hazard lights on, using a flashlight, or setting up flares. Not only will this help protect the scene, but it can keep you safe from traffic, especially if it is dark.
- Contact law enforcement, regardless if there are any serious injuries. You will likely need a police report when you file a claim with your insurance company, so this is an essential step.
- When law enforcement officers arrive, only state the facts when they ask you about the events surrounding the accident. If you guess or make assumptions, this can potentially hurt your claim.
- Take as many pictures as possible, including your vehicle, the other vehicles involved, and the surrounding area.
- Exchange all necessary information with the other driver or drivers involved, including names, contact information, and insurance information.
- It is also important to notify your insurance company as soon as possible, even while at the scene, if you are able to.
- Lastly, one of the most important steps you should take after being involved in a car accident is to seek medical attention. Oftentimes, people skip this step, especially if they do not believe their injuries are severe enough or if they are not in pain. However, not all injuries exhibit symptoms right away, so it is imperative to visit a doctor as soon as possible to protect your claim.
Being involved in a motor vehicle accident can be terrifying and the aftermath can continue to burden survivors. Having an experienced representative by your side will help you receive the adequate compensation you deserve and fair compensation for your property and personal injuries.
Schedule a Consultation with an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney!
The aftermath of a car accident can be frustrating and stressful for survivors. At Davis, Murrelle & Lyles, P.A., our personal injury team is backed by more than 5 decades of collective experience and a history of successful results. You can rely on us to advocate on your behalf.
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