It is a frightening and stressful situation when you or your loved one gets into a car accident. It happens out of nowhere and is completely unexpected. The immediate questions after the debris and dust have settled are:
- What should I do if I have been in a car accident?
- Where do I find a personal injury lawyer?
- How do I find a good lawyer to handle my injury claims?
- Do I talk to my insurance company before talking to a lawyer?
All this can leave you scared and confused without any idea what to do. Besides seeing a doctor, you should get a lawyer to review the details of your crash.
What to do after being in a car accident
It is important to know what to do after being in a car accident.
First and foremost, call the paramedics or police. After you have contacted emergency services, stay calm and wait for help.
If you are unable to make the call yourself, ask for someone to call 911 and report the accident to the authorities.
Within reason, make sure no other drivers or persons involved in the car accident leave the scene. Identify everyone involved, and anyone that witnessed the collision.
Make sure the police take statements and get their contact information.
Unless you have to, do not move the injured
Do not try to move someone who seems injured. Neck and spine injuries can be very serious, and moving someone may make injuries a lot worse.
Believe it or not, you might be responsible for making those injuries worse should you move them. Unless an immediate danger exists, let a medical professional handle it.
If you have a serious concern about a possible explosion or car fire and reasonably believe that the person is in immediate danger, only move that person from the vehicle if absolutely necessary.
If the person is not in immediate danger then you should probably not move them.
Do not leave the scene of the car accident
If you are uninjured or still have a working vehicle, stay put! You should never leave the scene of a motor vehicle accident.
Leaving the scene of a car accident can result in serious criminal charges against you. Even if you leave your contact information or were not directly involved, you may be needed as a witness.
Regardless, you always want your version of the accident to be in the police report.
Always remain at the scene to give a statement!
Do not say the car accident was your fault
In terms of protecting your rights, it is very important that you do not say the accident was your fault. It can be very difficult to know everything that happened and you do not have all the facts.
For example, you do not know the speed the other driver was traveling at, whether they were on the phone, or maybe even under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
You should always be honest in your statement to a police officer, but do not say the collision was your fault!
Report the car accident, but speak to a lawyer
Take the call from your insurance agent and report the car accident, but do not agree to any settlement or sign anything with any insurance provider without first consulting a lawyer.
If you need to see a doctor then immediately schedule an appointment. If a doctor visit cannot wait then go to the hospital. Your health should be your greatest concern, the rest will follow.
Contact us to learn about your options. Consult with a lawyer today.
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