Three Steps to Take After Being Injured in a Car Accident
Experiencing a car accident can be incredibly overwhelming. From personal injuries to damaged vehicles, car accidents can be traumatic, and often times, expensive. Luckily, an experienced personal injury law firm can help you receive the financial compensation you need to recover. Below are three steps to take after sustaining an injury in a car accident:
1. Take Care of Yourself and Any Injured Person
Your first priority after experiencing a car accident should be you and any passengers in your vehicle. Remember to seek immediate medical attention, and if possible, ensure that all injured parties in your vehicle seek medical attention, as well. The health and safety of those involved should always come first after experiencing a car accident.
2. Once Everything is Stable, Start Collecting Information
Once the situation is stable and all persons involved are safe – or, with the help of an uninjured person who was not involved in the collision – start collecting information on the incident. There are four main categories of information needed if you decide to pursue a personal injury claim:
- Insurance and driver information
- Accident Exchange Information or report number
- Vehicle damage
- Witness information
- Medical records and receipts
If you are able, make sure to collect the insurance and driver information of the other driver. This includes taking a picture of the other driver’s car insurance, and taking a picture of their driver’s license. This information will be helpful if you decide to pursue a personal injury claim.
Accident Exchange Information or report numbers by an agency investigating a car accident are essential in personal injury claims. If you are able, call 911 after the car accident. The police will arrive at the scene and document the accident in a police report. After the officer concludes the investigation, you will be given a police report number or an Accident Exchange Form which will contain all the necessary information for all the drivers involved, including vehicle and insurance information. If you decide to pursue a personal injury claim, this information can help your attorneys prove that the other party was at fault or cited for the collision. Officers will also interview witnesses and take photos of the scene. Determining liability for a car accident can be much more difficult or take longer without a police report. To maximize your chances of a successful personal injury claim, make sure to call 911 after a car accident to report the incident.
Documentation of vehicle damage is also essential to a successful personal injury claim. Photos and videos of the vehicles and the scene of the accident can help your attorneys calculate the damages from the accident. If you are able, take as many pictures and videos of the vehicles and scene after the accident.
Witnesses can help you win your personal injury claim. If you can, make sure to collect the names and phone numbers of any individuals at the scene who witnessed the accident. If you see a pedestrian who witnessed the accident, or if someone pulls over to help after the collision, write down their information. Their statement may help your attorneys prove liability of the other party if you decide to pursue a personal injury claim.
Lastly, medical documentation is vital in a personal injury claim. Remember to save all medical records and medical receipts related to your injuries from the car accident. This documentation can help your attorneys calculate the damages from the collision, and in turn, your attorneys can help you recover the expenses.
3. Call a Law Firm Early
Calling a law firm early on after a car accident is vital. Your personal injury attorneys can help you preserve evidence, follow up on information, and file a personal injury claim in a timely manner. Call a personal injury law firm promptly after a car accident. Experienced and high-quality legal representation is key to recovering proceeds in a personal injury claim.
Cronus Law has vast experience in car accident personal injury cases. Our attorneys can help you collect the right evidence and recover the compensation you deserve. Cronus Law genuinely cares about our clients and their recovery post-accident. Cronus Law will provide high-quality, compassionate, and experienced personal injury representation. Cronus Law also helps our clients at no additional cost with the property damage claim from the accident – a stark difference from other firms, who do not offer this service because property damage claims often do not yield any money for attorneys.
Cronus Law cares about you and your recovery. If you or a loved one you know have sustained an injury during a car accident, call Cronus Law today at (480) 467-3188 to schedule a free consultation.