June 17, 2021
10 Quick Tips
It goes without saying that being in a car accident is no fun for anyone. In fact, a vehicular collision can interrupt a person’s life and health to such a degree that they endure severe hardship and financial struggle because of it. Unfortunately, many victims of personal injury accidents don’t realize that their accident entitles them to substantial monetary compensation. With so many bills to pay and work to miss out on due to injuries, what you probably need right about now is financial support.
To protect your best interests after a car accident, here are ten quick tips to take:
- Remain at the scene. Do not leave the area unless you need emergency medical attention. Stay where you are and call 911 immediately.
- Get medical care. Allow the ambulance team to examine you for injuries and do not deny medical care.
- Move to a safe area. If you are able, move your vehicle out of the way of traffic, to prevent another accident from happening.
- Exchange information. Talk with the other driver(s) involved and get their name, address, contact details, insurance company name, policy number, license plate number, and make/model/year of vehicle(s).
- Never admit fault. Do not apologize, say you are sorry, or make other comments that could be inferred as accepting fault.
- Don’t say you have no injury. Due to the rush of adrenaline and shock after the collision, your body may not have symptoms of injury just yet, but will appear in the days to follow.
- Take pictures and videos of the scene. Photos and video footage can say so much more compared to written testimony. Visual evidence is more difficult to dispute.
- Inform your insurance company. Notify your insurance agent the same day or as soon as you feel well enough to make the phone call.
- Journal your injuries. As your injuries worsen or get better, document how you feel every day.
- Consider hiring a lawyer. A legal professional is going to have your best of interest in mind at all times. Lean on them for legal advice and guidance.