After a car accident, you may find yourself in shock, stressed, and confused. This is completely normal, especially after the adrenaline surge that comes with a sudden accident.
The steps that you take in the immediate aftermath of an accident can have a significant impact on not only your health, but also on how much compensation you could recover from the responsible parties and their insurers. Try to stay calm and think clearly amid the chaos and adrenaline.
Knowing the critical steps and who to contact in the aftermath of an accident is essential, so we’ve provided some helpful information for you below.
Steps to Take After a Car Accident
What do you do after a car accident that was not your fault? Here are some important steps to follow:
- Make sure you’re safe. This means getting medical attention if you need it. There are no awards for being tough. If you are injured or if something doesn’t feel right, get checked out. Even if you don’t feel symptoms at first, a thorough exam could catch a potentially serious condition.
- Do not admit fault or apologize for anything at the scene of the accident. This means that you should generally keep quiet and not share your opinions about the accident. Limit your conversation to asking the other parties if they are ok, if they need help, and to exchange information.
- Take photos of the scene of the accident. Be sure to show the accident damage as well as perspective of the area where the accident happened so that people looking at the photos can put the scene in perspective.
- Get names and contact information of witnesses, if available.
Should I Call the Police?
After any accident, it is always a good idea to call the police. They will generate a police report that could provide helpful information for your claim.
Sometimes it can take a while for the police to arrive, which can be a problem if you are blocking traffic. If this is the case — and you are able and your car is drivable — move it to the side of the road and out of traffic while you wait for law enforcement to arrive.
When to Call a Lawyer
A lawyer is the best asset to have by your side in the case of a car crash. Even if the accident seems minor, a car accident lawyer can provide you with the resources you need to come out on top.
If you have been the victim of a serious accident and you are hurt, you definitely need the support of an experienced attorney. You can find one right here at Demas Law Group.
How Can Demas Law Group Help Me?
If you have been the victim of a car accident, you may have property damage to repair and injuries with medical bills to pay. You may be losing time from work, which can put significant financial stress and strain on you and your family.
These are all scenarios where the personal injury attorneys at Demas Law Group can help. We handle all legal aspects of your claim so you don’t have to, including negotiating with the insurance companies.
Contact us now for a free consultation.