Having a car accident was definitely not in your to-do list for today. What’s more, you had a packed day planned and now you find you are standing by the side of the road, looking at a wreck that was your car. You have called your office to let everyone know you won’t be coming in today, and then, what?
Before you find yourself in the above situation, read on to be prepared. The actions you take that day will help you better deal with the accident and its aftermath.
A Few Things To Take Care Of
Assess the situation
Are you hurt? Is anyone else hurt? Are you standing where you might be hit by another passing car? Remember the saying about safety first.
Call the police
The police will write a report about the accident. This will help you in your dealings with your insurance company. While you’re at it, take a look at the report and make sure it has no mistakes or omissions that may end up hurting your case in the future.
Take pictures of the scene of the accident
If you are not hurt and can do so, take pictures of the cars, the road, and anything that may prove to be relevant such as the intersection, the stop signs, the skid marks, and any speed signs. Don’t think that this will get done by the police, plus it’s always better for you to gather your own evidence.
Jot down testimonies from witnesses
Again, if you are not injured and are able to do so, talk to people that may have seen what happened. Get their testimony and their contact information. Doing this may come in handy when dealing with insurance claims, and even more in case of lawsuits.
Take Care Of Your Health
Some injuries are plain to see, while others may take time to become apparent. Yet others might only be discovered by a trained medical professional. That is why it is so important for you to visit a doctor immediately after the accident. Don’t work under the assumption that whatever discomfort you are experiencing will heal itself or just disappear after a couple of days. Take this accident as something serious and not comparable to hitting your toe at the foot of your bed.
What’s more, your insurance company may deny your claim or pay out less if a long time has gone by without you seeking medical attention and treatment.
Look For A Doctor That Has Experience Dealing With Accident Cases
Not only is it important for the doctor to be knowledgeable about insurance cases and claim forms, but this medical professional should also know what types of injuries to be on the lookout for.
Contact A Personal Injury Lawyer
Generally, insurance companies will fight to lower the value of your claim. They have policies and procedures in place that go against making big payouts. If you think handling your case on your own is the right way to go, or if your insurance company insists that it is, you may be leaving money on the table.
Contact Injury Trial Lawyers, APC and get a free initial consultation to discuss your case. It may end up being the smartest move you ever make. Call and make an appointment today.