What To Do After A Car Accident

No one wants to get into a car accident—they are costly, painful, and can cause mental anguish. Still, if you or someone you care about does get into a car accident, here are a few things to consider doing, or not doing, after it happens

No one wants to get into a car accident-they are costly, painful, and can cause mental anguish. Still, if you or someone you care about does get into a car accident, here are a few things to consider doing, or not doing, after it happens:

  1. Call the police. Let the police come to the scene to see what happened.
  2. Do not talk with an insurance adjuster-either your own, or the other party's-or make a statement to an insurance prior to speaking with an experienced personal injury attorney. If an adjuster comes to the scene of the accident or calls you, do not speak with him or her. The insurance company is looking out for its own best interests, not yours. It could possibly use your statement against you later on to deny or limit your claim.
  3. See a doctor as soon as you can. Not only may you have internal injuries that are not visible from the outside, but also insurance companies may argue that you were not hurt by the accident if you do not immediately seek care.
  4. Photograph your injuries and damage. Take clear photographs in sufficient light to show any apparent injuries and damage to your vehicle. Photographic evidence is helpful when trying to prove your damages to an insurance adjustor or the jury.
  5. Report the accident to your insurance company. If you do not report the accident in a timely manner, you could have trouble later on filing a claim.
  6. Collect all evidence and talk to witnesses. Gather the names, phone numbers, mailing addresses, and email addresses of all parties and any and all witnesses at the scene. Talk to witnesses and if you can, take notes of what they say they saw. Gather insurance information from the other parties. Try to photograph the scene of the accident as soon as possible.
  7. Keep organized documentation of all damages you have paid. Keep records of all paid medical bills, repairs to vehicles, etc. Also keep track of all days you have missed from work due to injuries caused by the accident.
  8. Do not cash or sign in any check that has a partial or full release of your claim. Take any release document given to you to your attorney to consider whether it is fair.
  9. Contact an attorney. If you want someone who will seek to protect your best interests, call a reputable personal injury attorney, who can discuss your case and your options.

If you would like to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney today, please call our Concord, NC office.

This article is for informational purposes only and should not be considered or substituted as legal advice.