If you’ve been injured in a car accident and it is not your fault, you can be compensated for your damages. This includes the cost of medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Car accidents happen, and if it happens to you, there are important steps that you must take to make sure your interests are protected:
1. Seek medical treatment.
If you or anyone else involved is injured, seek medical attention immediately. Call 9-1-1. Even minor collisions can lead to serious injuries that require treatment, hospitalization and even surgery. The cost of medical care can be significant. Many injuries are latent. Your adrenaline will probably be surging and your injuries may not appear until the next day or even later. If you are hurting, you should consult a licensed medical professional to treat you and document any injuries you sustained as a result of the collision.
2. Call the police.
The police provide an official report of the accident. Even if no one involved is seriously injured, it is important that a police/crash report is made. The police officer will obtain statements from the parties involved and any witnesses at the scene. The police report will also show if the other party involved received a citation (ticket) for causing the accident. This is especially important if liability is disputed. The police report will also provide the insurance information of all parties involved.
3. Take photos.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. If you can, take photos at the scene of the accident. Take photos of your car, and every other vehicle involved. Take photos of the surrounding area. If you sustained any cuts, bruises, etc.., take pictures!
4. Document the accident.
Collect the bills and medical records from the ambulance, the emergency room, Imaging centers, Physical therapy, etc.…It can take weeks before a police report is available. Therefore, you should obtain, if possible, (1) Names, addresses, and phone numbers for all parties involved; (2) drivers’ license and license plate numbers for all parties and vehicles involved; (3) insurance company name and policy numbers for all involved; and (4) name and contact information for any and all eyewitnesses to the accident.
5. Call a Personal Injury Attorney.
You should always contact a knowledgeable personal injury attorney as soon as possible. A personal injury lawyer will protect your interest and ensure that you are adequately compensated for the damages you sustained. Do not give the insurance company any statements without first consulting a lawyer.
If you have been injured in a car accident, call or text us today at 314-818-8807 to schedule you free consultation. Remember, if you can’t come to us, we will come to you.
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