What Do I Do If I am Hurt In A Car Accident?After you are involved in an auto accident, you are more than likely confused and a little scared. You probably aren't contemplating a personal injury lawsuit at the scene, but there are certain immediate actions you should take to protect yourself.
Immediately After the Accident, What do I do?
Once the accident occurs, stop your car, but do not get out immediately if you are still in the roadway. Wait for a safe time to exit and make contact with the other driver. Exchange insurance information and write down their license plate number in case they decide to leave the scene. If you are too hurt to exchange information with the other driver, ask someone to do it for you.
Call the police. You should always make a police report. If the police will not come to the scene, then you need to go to the police station to see that the report gets done.
If you have been injured, then you must get medical attention immediately. If you feel symptoms shortly after the car accident, you must seek medical help as soon as you can. It is crucial that you do not delay.
Notify your insurance company that you have been in an accident within 24 hours. If you fail to do this, they could void some of your coverage.
As soon as you can, you should consult with a personal injury attorney in your area. In the meantime, do not make any statements to anyone concerning the specifics of the accident.
Remember, this is probably your first experience with a personal injury case; the insurance company has probably dealt with thousands of claims. Any information you give them could be used to reduce or deny your recovery. Also, do not sign any medical documents that insurance agents may offer to you.
Do I Have A Personal Injury Case?
You may have a personal injury claim if you were seriously injured due to the negligence of someone else. The best way to know for sure is to consult with a personal injury lawyer. Many attorneys will offer a short, free consultation to listen to your situation and then determine the best course of action for you.
What Information Will My Attorney Need?
The following is a short list of items that most attorneys will ask for when evaluating your claim.
* Names and addresses of everyone involved in the accident
* Names and addresses of all witnesses who saw the accident happen
* Name of the investigating police officer and the number of the police report
* Obtain as much information as you can of the details that were given to police at the scene of the accident.
* Your written description of how the accident transpired
* Copies of all medical bills
* Photographs of the vehicle involved, injuries and scene of accident. If you did not take pictures at the scene, take them before your car is repaired or your injuries heal.
* Your insurance coverage information relating to your health and vehicle
* Precise records of lost wages or time lost due to medical appointments
The most important thing you can do after a car accident is to follow your doctor's instructions carefully. And, if you feel like you were injured due to another person's negligence, contact a personal injury attorney in your area to recover financial and/or other types of personal injury compensation.