The First Steps You Should Take After a Car Accident

The First Steps You Should Take After a Car Accident

According to Forbes, drivers cause between three and four car accidents throughout the course of their lives. Unfortunately, these accidents aren’t always single-vehicle wrecks. Chances are, you’ll be involved in an auto accident at some point in your life.

While traffic collisions are somewhat common, this doesn’t make them any less scary or confusing. In fact, the time immediately following your accident can be very overwhelming, which is why you should have a plan of action to make sure your medical and financial needs are met.

What to do at the scene of the accident:

Never leave the scene of a car accident until it is appropriate. This is especially true if the accident resulted in an injury or a fatality. If you leave the scene of an accident before contacting law enforcement, etc., you could face criminal charges for “hit and run.”

First steps at the scene of the accident:

  • Make sure everyone is okay and move your vehicle out of the road, if possible.
  • Contact law enforcement (if the accident involved an injury or property damage).
  • Exchange information with other drivers and talk anyone who witnessed the crash.
  • Take pictures of the scene that may help you establish negligence or fault.

What to do after the scene of the accident:

If you suffered an injury or suspect that you suffered an injury, the first step is getting in touch with your doctor. It is important to seek legal help shortly after the accident, or else you may have difficulty recovering compensation for your financial damages. If you require ongoing treatment, document it so you can recover compensation for any expenses related to the accident.

Additional steps to take after a car accident:

  • Contact Your Insurance Company
  • Continue Tracking Your Medical Expenses
  • Gather Evidence for Your Claim

When to Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer

Insurance companies often try to pay out as little money as possible for car accidents and injuries. With the help of a Springfield personal injury attorney, you can seek full and fair compensation for your damages. For more information about your legal rights, schedule a consultation with the lawyers at Strong-Garner-Bauer P.C.