what to do after car wreck

/ March 13, 2024

What To Do After A Car Wreck

Being in a car accident can be a frightening and disorienting experience. In the immediate aftermath, clear thinking and decisive action can protect your health and preserve your legal rights. This blog post will guide you on what to do if you’ve been injured in a car crash. Please note that this information is not a substitute for legal counsel.

1. Seek Medical Attention Immediately

Your health is your top priority. Even if you don’t feel any immediate pain, injuries like whiplash or internal bleeding may not be apparent at first. Get examined by a medical professional as soon as possible. Medical records are crucial in documenting the extent of your injuries, which is important for potential insurance claims or legal action.

2. Prioritize Safety After the Accident

If possible and safe, move your vehicle out of traffic to prevent additional collisions. Turn on your hazard lights and, if necessary, use flares or cones to alert other drivers.

3. Call the Police

It’s important to document the accident with an official police report, even in seemingly minor crashes. Officers will document the scene, interview witnesses, and determine fault – all of which can be valuable for protecting your legal interests.

4. Exchange Information

Obtain the following from the other driver(s) involved:

  • Full name and contact information
  • Driver’s license number
  • Insurance company and policy number
  • Vehicle information (make, model, license plate number)

5. Document the Scene

Take photos of the damage to your vehicle, the positions of all involved vehicles, relevant road signs, skid marks, and any visible injuries you sustained. If possible, get names and contact information from witnesses.

6. Be Careful What You Say

Don’t apologize or admit fault, even if you feel slightly responsible. A simple “I’m sorry” can have legal ramifications. Stick to the facts when talking to the police or the other motorist(s).

7. Notify Your Insurance Company

You are likely contractually obligated to report any accident to your insurance company promptly. However, be mindful – don’t give recorded statements or sign anything without legal counsel.

8. Contact a Personal Injury Attorney

Navigating personal injury claims can be complex, especially when dealing with insurance companies. A qualified personal injury attorney can assess your situation, protect your rights, and fight to get you the compensation you deserve so you can focus on recovery.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, you don’t have to handle this alone. Seeking medical attention and contacting an experienced personal injury attorney are crucial steps in ensuring your well-being and maximizing your potential compensation. Brewer Law Firm is here to advocate for your best interests. Contact us today for a consultation.

Disclaimer: This blog provides general information and is not intended as legal advice. Always consult a licensed attorney for guidance on specific legal matters.