You can take several steps after an auto accident that will protect your rights and prepare you for your initial consultation with an attorney.
These steps include:
- Reporting your accident – If the police are called to the scene, they will prepare an accident report that contains vital information about the crash, including contributing factors. Make sure to get a copy of this report.
- Collecting information at the scene – If possible, take photos of the crash scene. These photos can help experts to determine how the wreck occurred and to determine fault. You should also get contact information of anyone who witnessed the accident.
- Getting medical care and treatment – If you are not transported by EMS to a hospital, you should go to the emergency room on your own. You should also see your doctor within a few days after the crash to get checked for injuries that may not be readily apparent. Compile all records and receipts involved with your treatment.
- Contacting your insurance company – You must report your accident to your auto insurer. You only need to provide basic information. Do not admit fault or pin the blame on anyone else. Once you have hired a lawyer, you can refer any questions to that attorney. If another driver’s insurance company contacts you, then you should immediately refer the insurer to your lawyer. Never sign anything until after the attorney has reviewed it.
- Keeping a journal – You should keep track of all medical care you have received, time you have missed from work and all expenses you have incurred due to your accident. You should also record the physical pain, emotional distress and disruption of your life that is related to the accident.
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