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The Importance of Knowing What to Do After a Car Accident

Goldstein Heslop Steele Clapper Oswalt & Smith Dec. 12, 2021

Because personal injury legal protections are available to help victims of car accidents, it is helpful for victims to know what to do after they have been injured in an unexpected car accident. Though a personal injury claim may not immediately be on the mind of the victim following the car accident, it is important for them to know what to do following a car accident to preserve a claim for damages if that is what they decide to do at some later point.

Following a car accident, victims should:

  • To begin with, never leave the scene of an accident, especially if injuries were involved;

  • Immediately seek whatever medical treatment and care they need;

  • Summon police to the scene of a car accident not only because they may be needed but also because it is important that a police report be produced concerning the accident for potential use later on;

  • Obtain witness contact details and statements;

  • Record as much information about the car accident as the victim can remember as soon as they are able to do so;

  • Take photos of the accident scene and of any injuries or damages the victim has suffered; and

  • Keep detailed medical records of all the medical care and treatment the victim receives.

In addition, it is advisable not to immediately accept in settlement offers. Car accidents can cost victims in many different ways, physically, financially and emotionally. Personal injury legal remedies help to protect victims who may be able to recover compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages from a negligent driver through a personal injury claim for damages.