What to Do After an Accident *
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Important Steps You Should Take Following an Accident *
Millions of people are hurt, disabled, and killed in all types of accidents across the United States every year. Even the most vigilant of drivers, workers, sports enthusiasts, pedestrians, and others can unexpectedly become the victim of another’s carelessness, inattention, or inexperience. This is especially true for car accident victims, where high speeds and heavy vehicles can cause significant injury or death.
If you are involved in a car accident, it is important to follow certain steps to protect yourself in the aftermath. Even a minor collision can leave you shaken. It is best to familiarize yourself with these steps well ahead of time so that you are prepared if an accident occurs.
The first step is to determine whether any injuries requiring medical attention have been sustained. If so, ensure that an ambulance is called. It is also important to determine if any damage has been done to your vehicle or the other vehicle(s) involved. After a minor accident, the vehicles can be moved to the side of the road or highway out of the way of other drivers. After all accidents, the hazard lights on your car should be switched on or flares placed in the roadway to alert other drivers. Even in minor accidents, you should not leave the scene, and you should call the police to get a police report.
Exchange information with the other driver involved, including name, address, phone number, insurance information, driver’s license number, license plate number, and the vehicle identification number. Vehicle identification numbers are important because insurance companies often use these numbers as opposed to license plate numbers in their policies. You should also get the names, addresses, and phone numbers of any witnesses. If you have a camera phone, take pictures of the accident scene, your car, and any other relevant piece of information. Refrain from discussing the accident with anyone. Do not make statements about whether or not it was your fault. Contact your insurance agent immediately, even at the scene, if possible. It is also a good idea to jot down any notes about the accident at the time so that you can have accurate information later.
Have photos taken of your injuries immediately following the accident and at regular intervals afterward to document the extent and duration of your injuries.
Our firm can handle all of the details concerning your car accident injury claim. To get started on an injury claim, call personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Eric A. Shore at (267) 388-9380 (800-CANT-WORK) or contact us online.*
How a Personal Injury Attorney Can Help
If you have been injured in an accident or incident due to the misconduct, carelessness, negligence, or deliberate behavior of another, you have the right to seek legal compensation for your damages. Your damages may include medical expenses, lost income, and diminished earning capacity. Damages may also be awarded for your pain, suffering, emotional trauma, long-term or permanent disability, and more. Damages may be sought through a personal injury claim against the negligent party and/or his or her insurance carrier. To ensure that your claim is handled properly and aggressively, you should seek legal representation. Our team at the Law Offices of Eric A. Shore has helped many individuals with personal injury claims and lawsuits over the years. Let us use our extensive experience, legal skills, and dedication to your case to help you. Contact the firm to arrange for a free consultation to get started today.*