The immediate aftermath of an automobile accident is packed with stress and adrenaline, and chances are you won’t be thinking straight. This time, however, is crucial, so here are a few simple steps to follow to ensure that you are both safe and in the best position to move forward if you need to make a personal injury claim.
The first thing you should do, of course, is to make sure you are safe and to check for injuries. If you or anyone else involved is hurt, call an ambulance immediately. You should contact the police to file a report, regardless of the severity of the accident. Police reports can play a crucial role in determining fault should you proceed in making an injury claim. Furthermore, if your accident had witnesses who saw the entire event, ask them to provide a statement to the police regarding the incident. Be sure to take photos of the damage to any cars involved in the accident, as these too can be used when filing a claim. Don’t discuss the accident with the other driver; it is best to reserve your story for the police.
It’s understandable that you’ll be shaken up after an accident, but if you follow these steps it will be easier for you. Finally, seek legal advice when dealing with insurance companies or when considering to file a personal injury lawsuit. The dedicated team at Hyde Law Firm, P.A. is ready to work for you to ensure you’re protected following an accident.