You Were In An Accident: Now What?
Car accidents are shocking. After you’ve been in a crash, it can be hard to think straight or know what to do. If you plan to try to recover compensation after your accident, however, it’s important that you take certain steps to improve your chances of a fair recovery.
If you’re injured, go to the hospital for immediate medical assistance. If necessary, call 911 for an ambulance. If you don’t require emergency treatment, it can help your case to gather information from the accident scene.
Gather Information, Take Notes
The more information you can collect about your accident, the easier time your lawyer will have in reconstructing what happened and securing evidence to be used in your case. This includes everything from (safely) taking pictures of the accident site to speaking to witnesses about what they saw. If possible, you should write down the name, contact information and insurance information of the other driver or drivers involved in the crash. You may also want to record the names and information collected by the officer at the scene as well as any paramedics who responded to a call.
Take Pictures of Both Cars
These days, most people carry cell phones that have the ability to take pictures. After an accident, it’s important to remember to take pictures not just of your own car, but of the other car or cars involved These photos can serve as important evidence that can help investigators determine what happened and who was at fault for the accident.
Be Thorough With Your Doctor
If you go to the hospital, keep track of the medical professionals you consult with, and write down what is discussed at each appointment. It can also help to keep a journal to keep track of your injuries and the ways in which your accident is affecting your life over time. Let your doctor know whether your injuries may be affecting your ability to work in any way, and make sure to complete the full course of treatment recommended by your doctor.
Know How To Handle Insurance Companies
As soon as you are physically able, connect with your insurance company to let them know what happened. If however, an insurance company subsequently contacts you to discuss your accident, refer those calls to your lawyer.
Talk To A Lawyer
This is an essential step that can help you determine what to do after a car accident. At The Law Firm of Davidoff & Associates, our attorneys can advise you on what to do after your collision, helping you navigate the medical system and property damage you may have suffered after a crash. We can help you anticipate what a lawsuit might entail. If cost is a concern, remember that we work on contingency, which means you pay us nothing until we recover money for your recovery. Want more information? Call for your free initial consultation at our Forest Hills, Queens, law practice at 718-268-8800 or 888-499-3887 toll free or use our online contact form to ask a question.