What To Do After A Car Accident
Being in a car accident can be traumatizing and overwhelming, but it’s vital that you try to remain as calm as possible in the aftermath. Here are the steps you should take.
- At the time of the accident, tell the police, paramedics, and emergency room doctors about anything that may be hurting you. Be specific and honest about your injuries since anything you say can be used against you. Don’t overstate or understate your injuries.
- Insist that an accident report be filed with the police.
- Document as much as you can about the accident and any injuries that may have occurred. Every detail is important. Your accident attorney will need to know everything about your injuries, any losses, such as wages, you have suffered as a result of the accident, and any conversations you had with anyone involved in the accident.
- Talk to no one about the accident or your injuries other than your attorney or physician. You especially do not want to speak with an insurance adjuster.
- It is essential that evidence is preserved. If you think something is wrong with your car that caused the accident, make sure to tell your insurance company not to destroy the car. Try to preserve the car and gather as many of the damaged parts as possible. The condition and the damage to the car can tell a lot about the accident, including the cause and extent of your injuries.
- Be sure to take photos of the car, motorcycle, or auto accident scene, including any visible injuries and the vehicles involved. Preserve all photos and evidence.
- Get the contact information of anyone who witnessed the accident who may be able to help prove your case.
- If necessary, immediately seek medical attention following a car, motorcycle, or auto accident. Be sure to explain how the injuries occurred to your doctor, and mention any sensations of disorientation, confusion, memory lapses, or other conditions you have sustained. Again, don’t overstate or understate your injuries.
What Should You Tell Your Doctor About the Accident?
When a doctor evaluates you after a car accident, you should give him or her specific details about both cars at the time of the impact. Specifically, you should tell the doctor if your car was:
- Slowing down
- Gaining speed
- Moving at a constant speed
- Making a turn
- Proceeding straight ahead
- Changing lanes
- Making a U turn
This information allows your doctor, as well as other car accident experts, to determine the cause and extent of your injuries. It may also assist your doctor in prescribing a treatment strategy.
You should also tell the doctor about your car after the crash, including if your car:
- Kept going straight and didn’t hit anything
- Kept going straight and did hit a vehicle in front of it
- Was hit by another vehicle
- Was spun around and did not hit anything
- Was spun around and did hit something
- Hit a curb or other object
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