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Personal Injury: Steps to Take Immediately After a Car Accident

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Most of us will experience a car accident at some point. When you do, it’s important to take the right steps immediately afterward. Performing these actions will help you stay calm, and they will prepare you for what happens next.

This article discusses the key actions to take after a car accident. Keep this information in mind every time you get behind the wheel.

1. Stop the Car and Check for Injuries

After a wreck, immediately stop the car, get out, and check for any injuries. Check yourself and anyone else in the car. Then, exit the vehicle and check on anyone else involved.

If anyone is injured, call 911 right away, and wait for emergency responders to arrive.

If there are no injuries, move your car off the road if possible, helping alleviate hazards for other drivers.

2. Exchange Information with Anyone Else Involved

You must exchange insurance information with the other drivers involved in the accident. This information makes sure both insurance companies are properly notified. Typical insurance information exchanged includes the insurance company name, policy number, and contact information for the insured driver.

You should also collect as much personal information you can. Be sure to take pictures of the other driver's insurance card and license plate, and provide your insurance information, too.

If there are witnesses around, try to collect their names and contact info, as well.

3. Take Photos of the Scene

Now it’s time to record the accident itself. Take photos from different angles of both vehicles, any damage or debris, and the position of the cars on the road. Leave out no details. Record everything you can, from the smallest scratch to the most profound wreckage.

Taking these steps can help protect your finances in the accident’s aftermath.

4. Seek Medical Treatment, Even if You Feel Fine

Even if you don’t believe you’ve suffered an injury, you should see a doctor just in case. Many symptoms commonly appear days or even weeks after an accident. Getting checked out now can help you identify any serious damage. Your health should be your top priority after an accident, even when it does not seem like a big deal at first.

Seeking treatment early also creates a record of your injuries. This information will come in handy when filing a personal injury claim.

5. Keep Detailed Records of All Medical Treatment

Make sure to collect documentation of any hospital visits, doctor appointments, prescribed medications, and any physical therapy you received because of your injury.

Injury goes beyond the physical, and personal injury law acknowledges this fact. If your injury leads you to seek mental health treatment, keep records of all your visits and resulting prescriptions.

Such records help you keep track of your own health, and they are also useful when filing an insurance claim or pursuing legal action. Be as thorough as possible when documenting the medical treatment received, helping ensure that you receive proper compensation and care.

6. Contact an Attorney

This step is not about getting involved in some “get rich quick” scheme. It’s about making sure your rights are protected. Insurance companies are notorious for holding back necessary benefits, and other people involved in the car wreck could try to take advantage of you.

A good attorney will review your case and help you explore your options. They can guide you through the legal process, explain your rights, and represent your best interests.

Make sure to seek legal assistance as soon as possible. There are time limits on filing a claim. Your attorney can help you gather evidence and negotiate with insurance companies to help you receive fair compensation for your injuries and damages.

It’s always best to protect yourself as much as possible after a car accident. If you’ve been hurt in a wreck, Law Offices of Jason K.S. Porter, P.A. is here to help. You can reach our team by contacting us online or calling our office at (904) 701-0591.

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