8 Things You Need to Do After a Car Crash
The average driver files some sort of an insurance claim relating to a car crash about once every eighteen years.
However, if a recent car accident has left you with a personal injury and sky-high medical bills, you may be in for a serious fight with your insurance companies.
The best way to ensure that you get the settlement that you're entitled to?
Making sure that you know the immediate steps that you should take after an automobile accident. Keeping your wits about you at the scene of an accident is difficult.
Keep on reading this post to make sure you have the information you need to protect yourself before an accident happens in the first place.
Then, we'll tell you where you can find the legal representation who will fight for you.
1. Get to Immediate Safety
After a car crash, we know you're experiencing tons of emotions all at once. It can sometimes be a challenge to understand the steps you should take to keep yourself safe -- which is why being prepared for the worst ahead of time is essential.
First of all, get out of the car as soon as possible.
Remember that, even if you don't spot an immediate issue with your car, like smoking coming from the engine or a strange smell, you still need to get out quickly.
If possible, pull your car over onto the shoulder of the road, and then get at least ten feet away from the vehicle.
Encourage others to do the same.
Then, immediately contact the police if you are able to.
Of course, if you are seriously injured, or spot another serious injury on the scene, get help as soon as possible.
2. Start Taking Photographs
Once you're certain that you're out of harm's way, it's time to pull out your smartphone and start taking pictures of the scene.
Keep in mind that, after a car crash, the other drivers involved may try to flee the scene.
This is why one of the most important things to do is to take a photograph of the makes and models of the other cars involved. If possible, also try to take a photograph of their license plate numbers.
If they begin an altercation with you, threaten you with violence, or take any other kind of aggressive action towards you, start filming them if you feel it's safe.
Then, start taking pictures of the damage done to your vehicle. Snap photographs of the conditions of the road. If you have been injured as a result of the accident, take visual documentation of these injuries if you can.
Above all, resist the urge to upload these photos or videos onto social media.
While you might think that you're strengthening your case by reporting live from the scene, if you go to trial in the future, the other lawyers could end up using the information against you.
No matter what you do, never admit fault -- no matter what really happened.
3. Collect Witness Information
Once you've taken photographs, it's time to start looking around for potential witnesses to the car crash.
Once the officers arrive on the scene, ask these witnesses if they'd be willing to describe what they say to the police. You should also ask the witnesses if they would, if necessary, testify in court on your behalf.
Either way, make sure you collect their contact information so you can get in touch with them again if need be.
You should also ensure that you write down the names and addresses of the other drivers involved in the accident. The same goes for any of the police officers that have arrived on the scene.
This will ensure that, if your case does end up going to court, you'll have as many resources as possible on your side.
4. Call your Insurance Company
We know that it can be challenging to even think about the potential cost of a repair in the moments after a car crash.
However, keep in mind that the sooner you're able to get in touch with your insurance company following a car crash, the faster you'll be able to get your claim settled.
When you contact your insurance company, make sure that you provide them with as much information as you can. Keep track of things like medical bills, receipts from repairs that you had completed on your vehicle, and anything else that you'd like for them to potentially cover.
Remember, sometimes insurance companies can take tough, almost bullying-like actions towards those who have been injured in a car accident or who are looking to have the cost of car repairs covered.
In this case, you might want to consider hiring a legal representative to fight on your behalf.
Not only will they be able to negotiate with your insurance company. If the case ends up going to court, they can help to ensure that you get the highest settlement amount possible.
They can also guard you in the event that the other drivers attempt to blame you for the crash.
Looking for Legal Representation After a Car Crash?
We hope that this post has helped you to understand some of the most important steps you need to protect yourself -- and your legal interests -- after a car crash.
Of course, the lawyer that you hire to represent you in course is the most crucial decision you'll make throughout this process.
Don't settle for second best.
Instead, spend some time on our website to learn more about how our team will work to get you the coverage and the settlement you deserve.
If you've sustained a personal injury and emotional pain and suffering after an accident, get in touch with us today.
We'll protect your interests -- and ensure you aren't held legally or financially responsible for something that wasn't your fault.
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