If you’ve been involved in a personal injury car accident, there are some clear steps you can take right away:
1. Seek medical attention immediately.
When you are dealing with a potential injury, it’s important to get medical assistance immediately. Whether you’re talking to a bystander or a roadside assistance company, let them know that you need medical attention.
2. Don’t admit fault.
When speaking to your passengers, the police and even your car insurance company, do not admit fault for the accident. It’s important to remember that you are not in a clear emotional state, so you should not admit to any wrongdoing. Allow the insurance company to handle these details while you focus on getting medical attention.
3. Take pictures.
As the old adage goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. Have a friend or passenger take pictures of your damaged vehicle. Don’t forget to take pictures of any cuts, bruises or other injuries as well. All these pictures can be valuable in a future settlement case.
4. Document the incident.
Review the police report to make sure all facts are correct. Also keep detailed notes of all follow-up communication and medical treatment you receive. Make sure to save your medical receipts following all treatments and prescriptions.
If you find yourself having to dispute charges, fight for a settlement from your insurance company or sign documents that you are unsure about, it can be wise to contact a personal injury attorney. These attorneys can protect your best interests and fight for your rightful reimbursement.
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