When you are involved in an accident, it can be overwhelming, especially if you or somebody you love is injured. Vehicle crashes occur every day, but it is shocking when it happens to you. Many accident victims do not know what to do or how to protect themselves in the aftermath of a wreck.
Below are a few tips on what you should and should not do when you are involved in a car crash:
· If you or somebody else is injured, seek medical assistance. Do not let the fear of what it will cost to call an ambulance stop you from obtaining the treatment you need. Failing to seek necessary medical help can cost you significantly more in your health and your future financial recovery.
· Contact the police and remain at the scene of the accident (if you are not injured) and make a police report. Having an official report filed with law enforcement can be helpful when submitting an insurance claim and if a lawsuit becomes necessary.
· Gather as much information as possible at the scene of the accident. This includes the insurance information of the other driver, as well as their name, telephone number and address. If there are witnesses, write down their contact information as well. Ask them to provide you with a statement of what they know about the accident. Memories fade quickly, so getting statements as quickly as possible is crucial. Finally, if possible, take pictures of the wrecked vehicles, your visible injuries and any other evidence of factors that contributed to the accident.
· Contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Do not sign anything until a lawyer has reviewed your case and can ensure your rights are protected. Insurance companies are notorious for taking advantage of accident victims who are not represented by legal counsel. The sooner you get an attorney involved the more likely you are to recover fair and just compensation for damages and your injuries.
There are several actions you should NOT take after an accident, including admitting any sort of liability, discussing speeds of the vehicles, claiming you are not injured, or any other discussions that can later be used against you. Additionally, if your injuries worsen, you must seek treatment. Do not try to “tough it out.” Finally, do not dispose of any clothing or other pieces of evidence that may be helpful to your case.
If you have been involved in an accident, you need an attorney to protect your best interests. At Murphy & Garner, LLC, we have over 32 years of experience serving clients in western Georgia and the surrounding area. We will fight for your rights and get you the compensation you deserve. Call us today for a free consultation at (866) 942-0552 or (678) 563-1584.