Traffic accidents are traumatic experiences. Knowing how best to protect yourself and your loved ones after one has occurred can be difficult and confusing. We have prepared this short list of tips for after a car accident.
Number one: Check for injuries. Seek medical assistance.
First, make sure that everyone is okay and contact emergency services to report the accident and request medical assistance. Even if it is not obvious that someone is injured, it is important to be evaluated by a physician. This is because some injuries do not present themselves immediately following the accident that caused them. Some injuries may take days before showing symptoms.
Number two: Take photos of the crash, including all vehicles.
Once the accident has been reported to the appropriate emergency responders, it is important to document the accident. This should include pictures and video of the scene, all vehicles involved, the scene of the incident, and anything else that may be relevant.
Number three: Gather names and contact information of all witnesses.
Gathering the information of potential witnesses is an important step to take. This helps ensure that, should the need arise, an accurate reproduction of the accurate reproduction of the incident can be created. Having access to multiple perspectives that corroborate the events that transpired helps a third party, for example: a jury, understand and determine who was at fault for an accident.
Number four: Contact an attorney.
Contacting an attorney early is vitally important. While you can certainly take steps to help protect yourself, hiring a licensed and practiced attorney is one of the surest steps you can take to protect your rights following a traffic accident.
Should you need to go to trial, having taken the appropriate steps to protect yourself as soon as possible will prove invaluable to what is hopefully a positive outcome.
Our firm has over twenty years of experience assisting clients and representing those injured in auto accidents. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident and are interested in protecting your rights, contact our firm today. You can call us toll free at 1-800-435-8778 or message us through our website.
Initial consultations are always free and we are happy to answer any questions you have.