When you’re in an accident, it’s like time stands still. There’s a rush of emotions, a rush of panic, and a feeling of not knowing what to do. Then when the smoke clears, and the help arrives, what should you do next? Here are the five most important things to do next:
1. Seek Medical Treatment
Maybe your head hurts, or you’ve got soreness in your leg, maybe the airbags deployed and you’re feeling light-headed. It’s best to call 9-1-1 to get medical professionals on scene as quickly as possible. Because sometimes, the direst injuries are the ones that can’t be seen.
2. Contact Your Attorney
Accidents, especially when there are claims and injuries involved, don’t just go away on their own. Often times, settlements or judgments can be compromised by a delay in time. Calling a law firm like Fraser & Souweidane shortly after a collision can make a difference.
3. Take Photos and Document Everything
You might have a great memory, but in that moment of impact, how could you be certain? By taking photos, obtaining the police report, and ensuring you spoke with every party involved, you can be certain to have a better outcome in the case of a settlement. Sometimes, having one little piece of evidence can make a big difference.
4. Review Your Insurance and Don’t Talk to Theirs
Now’s the time to follow the fine print. Review your insurance documents with your personal injury lawyer to ensure that your coverage will supplement any losses that you might’ve experienced, whether or not you’re at-fault. The insurance company for the other driver is generally looking to collect information to use against you, so be careful if you have any of those conversations.
5. Don’t Skimp on Treatments
Although the process can be long and enduring, it’s best to make sure that you continue with the care you need in order to make a full recovery. Delayed claim processing might try to throw your regimen off track, but it’s best to continue with your plan than it is to worry about your settlement date.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a car accident, contact us today. We’ve been protecting Eastside families for over 40 years — so, let us protect yours.