You’ve been in an accident. You’re hurt and angry, not to mention scared about what’s going to happen next. After a car accident, it is important that you know your rights as well as the steps you need to take after being involved in a crash. This blog post will help guide you on what steps should be taken after a car accident so that your situation can be properly addressed by law enforcement and insurance companies.
Call the police.
When you have an accident, it’s important to call the police. Then the officers will fill out a report and document what happened at the scene of your crash. If they can’t come to get there for some reason, then you might go down to their station (or file a claim online) yourself in order to make sure all of this gets done properly from start to finish so that when you take care of things with your insurance company, later on, everything is accounted for accurately as possible.
Make an accurate record.
When the police arrive, make sure you tell them exactly what happened as best as possible. If you don’t know certain facts, inform them of this and do not speculate or misstate any information whatsoever to confuse the investigation process even more!
Also, be aware that often in motor vehicle accidents injuries become apparent hours after the accident has occurred so if they ask if we’re injured and are unsure- say “I’m not sure” rather than no because it’s better for safety purposes. Lastly just want to take a second out of our day for all those other people involved who may have been hurt also!
When you find yourself in a car accident, document the damage to your vehicle thoroughly by taking pictures from different angles. You might also want to take any necessary measures such as photographing evidence of the other party’s fault and uploading photos with your insurer during the claims process for insurance purposes. You can also use this when you’re building up your case with your accident lawyer.
Get medical attention.
If you ever find yourself in an accident, it is important to notify your insurance company right away so that they can work with their claims adjuster and medical staff. You may have health benefits as part of your plan which means the coverage should be used for any injuries sustained during the incident. If not covered by primary or secondary insurers, then Medpay becomes a last resort if needed.
Protect your rights.
The best thing you can do after an accident is to consult a personal injury attorney. Your lawyer will help protect your rights and make sure valuable evidence isn’t destroyed, often insurance companies want statements right away so it’s important that they know what type of assistance their client needs before providing a statement.
It’s important not to give the wrong advice or information when speaking with anyone about this situation because if there are some issues in any legal contracts then everything could be ruined for them which would cause even more problems down the line such as having less money for medical bills.