After An Car Accident

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After An Car Accident

In the immediate aftermath of a car accident, there are many things you should do – and not do – to ensure that you are properly compensated for your injuries and property damage. Here is a list of the 5 most important tips to remember:More Information here

1.) If you are injured or even think you might be, seek medical treatment immediately. What starts out as tightness and discomfort can quickly spiral into intense pain and even permanent disability if left untreated. Don’t try to “tough it out”, seek professional help right away.

2.) Contact the police and request that the responding officer fill out and file a police report. This will document the accident and also keep the case from turning into a swearing match between Plaintiff and Defendant months down the road. If possible, politely encourage the officer to make some finding of fault on the report or even issue a ticket to the at-fault driver.

3.) Document the scene of the crash and the vehicles involved with a camera or cellphone camera. The more evidence you can gather of the scene, the stronger your case will be.

4.) Gather the names and contact information of any and all witnesses at the scene. These individuals will probably not hang around for too long so it is always a good idea to at least get a name and phone number before they disappear.

5.) Do not admit fault or say anything that could be used against you later by the other driver. Even though it is perfectly acceptable to ask if someone is okay and to show concern for their well-being even when the accident is not your fault, try to keep a dialogue between the two of you to a minimum. Also, avoid arguing over what happened, save your statements for the police when they arrive.