What Do I Do If I’ve Been In A Car Accident?
Car accidents are scary...
It’s an event that everyone wants to avoid. But when it happens to you, it is important to take the proper actions to protect your interests. The very first thing to do upon being involved in a car accident is to verify the safety and physical health of everyone in your vehicle, checking for catastrophic injuries that require immediate attention. Next, you will want to call the police and make sure to tell the attending officer exactly what transpired in the accident. It is imperative that you make certain the officer includes all the information that you provide to him in the police report. You will want to obtain a copy of this report as soon as possible.
Make sure to obtain a copy of the other driver’s insurance information as well as the driver’s name and license plate number. You will also want to take pictures of the accident scene if you are able to. If there are any witnesses nearby, gather their contact information. All of this information will be very valuable to you later on. Once the accident scene is dealt with, the next thing you should do is visit a doctor as soon as possible. Often, there are latent injuries that result from an automobile accident. It is important to visit your doctor or the emergency room in order to have testing done and be certain there are no internal injuries not visible to the naked eye.
After your visit with the doctor, make sure to follow up on any of his advice concerning treatment. It is imperative to follow the doctor’s orders. Often, follow up may include visiting a specialist or a chiropractor. Spinal cord injuries are very common in car accidents and chiropractors can be very helpful in treating these types of injuries.
Now that you have taken care of the most pressing issues, the next thing you will want to do is reach out to an attorney. At Yale Haymond Law, we can help you through the entire process. We will pursue your claim against the responsible party’s insurance company and make sure that you are compensated properly. Insurance companies have many lawyers and take no prisoners, they nearly always try to low-ball claimants. With our strong advocacy on your side, you can be confident that we won’t settle for less than you deserve. If the insurance company won’t provide us with a reasonable offer, we will go to trial rather than settling for less. At Yale Haymond Law, we fight hard for all of our clients! Call us today at 704-557-6675 for a free consultation.