Next Steps After an Accident

If you have been involved in an accident involving a collision between two vehicles, you may find yourself in a sad, confused state. Car accidents can be chaotic and cause damage to not just your vehicle, but also to yourself and others. If you are injured after an accident, it is no surprise that the next steps to take can be a tad confusing; whether a person is supposed to go the hospital or talk to a lawyer is not something discussed.

Unfortunately, most of the best practices to model after a car accident are only known to lawyers or people who have already gone through the process. When you have actually had to deal with a car accident you may not be in the space to carefully analyze your options. While I am not an expert in these matters, I have done some research on a few steps to take after an accident. The first step is to immediately call a lawyer. Besides this, there are other steps to take:

The Accident Site

First things first, if you are experiencing personal injuries of any type, you need to see a medical professional as soon as you can. If you are experiencing an extremely minor injury like a cut on your hand, you may be able to delay the treatment and medical visit for a few hours, but as I discuss in the next section, contemporaneous records showing you sought medical treatment may be a crucial piece of evidence in litigation stemming from car accident personal injuries.

With that being said, if you are able to, you should stay behind and take as many pictures of the crash site and accident area as possible. Almost everyone has a high-quality camera with them at all times in the form of a smartphone. Take pictures of the car, of the tread marks, and of everything else. There is no such thing as too many photos! Collect other evidence as you see fit.

Medical Care

Every respectable law firm in the world, including the guys at the well-established Hare Wynn, will tell you that if you are experiencing personal injuries resulting from an accident, then you need to seek medical care as soon as possible. Even for smaller injuries or if you cannot surmise what exactly feels “different,” but you can tell something is wrong.

It is important to establish contemporaneous evidence that you experienced medical injuries as a result of a car accident because this will provide proof that your personal injury claim is not fabricated or exaggerated.

In a similar vein, you need to be candid but concise with medical professionals. Make sure to disclose all of the feelings you are experiencing, but do not talk the ear off of the nurses and doctors. They may write something down incorrectly or if you are giving them too much information to record, the doctors or medical aides may simply forget to transcribe something. Additionally, and I do not mean this rudely, they do not really care about the details of the accident beyond how the collision could have injured you. Knowing the color of your crumpled car is not a piece of information that they need to know to fix a bone fracture.

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