Steps To Take After A Car Accident
A Law Firm Helping the Injured in Nebraska and Iowa
It's normal to feel confused right after a car accident. Many people aren't quite sure what happened or what to do next. The car accident attorneys at Ausman Law Firm, P.C., L.L.O., have been helping the injured recover compensation for 10 years. Here are some steps to take immediately after your accident to make sure your injuries are treated and your rights are protected:
Call the police.
Or have someone else make the call, even if your accident seems minor. The police will document your accident, including whether the other driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or was seen driving recklessly by witnesses.
Get medical attention.
You may feel OK after your accident, but you could have a concussion or internal injuries. A medical exam can determine if you are injured and if you are, get you the treatment you need. It also provides documentation of your injuries for the insurance company. Be sure to also go to any recommended follow-up medical visits for treatments.
Collect contact information.
This includes contact information for other drivers, passengers, pedestrians and witnesses. Ask for their full name, address and phone number. For other drivers, be sure to write down the make and model of the vehicle, license plate number, the name of the person the vehicle is registered to, and the name of their insurance company. Don't talk about the accident or admit any responsibility.
If you are able to do so, take photos of the accident scene with your phone. Take photos of vehicle damage, license plate numbers, skid marks, street signs and traffic signals. Also take some wider shots of the entire accident scene.
Write down what happened.
As soon as you can, write down your account of how your accident happened. It's important to do this while your memories are still fresh. Write down how your accident happened. Imagine you are telling a friend what happened to you. Or you can make an audio recording of yourself describing the accident using your phone or another recording device. Include everything you remember, including details such as the time of day, weather conditions and road conditions.
Contact your insurance company.
Tell them you were in a motor vehicle accident. But don't make too many comments or answer any questions. Anything you say at this point could potentially be used as a reason to deny or reduce your claim.
Contact a car accident lawyer.
Even if your accident seems minor, it's always a good idea to talk to an attorney. Your case may not be as simple as it seems, and you could be eligible to receive more financial compensation than you might think.
If you've been injured in a car accident, our law firm offers a free consultation. We'll go over the details of your accident and explain all your legal options. Contact us today. There's no obligation.