Accidents happen every minute of the day. In many of these accidents, one or more people sustain injuries. They don’t know what to do in this situation, and that lack of knowledge harms them when they seek compensation for their injuries and any damages. Following are steps every person should take following a car accident to ensure they can build a case if needed in the future.
Call Law Enforcement to the Scene
Contact law enforcement immediately following the accident. They will come out and examine the scene and ticket the driver they feel is responsible if this applies to the situation. Be sure to obtain a copy of this report and make certain to gather the contact information of any witnesses.
Seek Medical Attention
Visit a doctor to be examined. Injuries may not be apparent right away, so it is best to be checked to discover potential problems. This is true even when the injuries appear to be minor, as some will not be apparent for a period of time following the incident. Obtain copies of any medical reports created as a result of the medical care. They will be of great importance as the case moves forward.
Obtain Legal Representation
Meet with a Personal injury attorney to discuss the accident. He or she reviews the facts of the case to determine if it should move forward. If any photos were taken of the scene, be sure to share them with the attorney and provide copies of the police and medical reports. Share all information about the accident during this meeting. It never hurts to sit down immediately following the incident to write down everything you remember about the accident. This detailed account can then be shared with the attorney during the consultation.
Don’t hesitate to contact an attorney following an accident. Attorneys in this field typically work on a contingency basis, which means they only get paid if the case is won. There is no need to worry about additional bills at this time, as the attorney doesn’t receive any funds until the settlement is paid by the other party or the insurance company. Seek compensation if you have been injured. You shouldn’t have to pay bills for an accident you were not responsible for. The attorney ensures there is no need to.