At the Scene After Your Accident
1.Make sure everyone involved in the accident is okay and call 911. Remember that from this point on, your actions are being watched.
2.Never admit fault at the accident scene to anyone. This includes the driver of the other vehicle and any passengers or other witnesses. Admitting fault for a car accident for any reason can severely damage a case.
3.If possible, move your car to a safe place off the roadway and wait for the police to arrive.
4.Get everyone’s contact information and insurance information before they leave the scene. It may also be helpful to get the license plate and/or vehicle identification number of the vehicles involved. Don’t assume that you will be able to get everything from their insurance company.
5.Take photographs of the scene of the accident, the vehicles involved and any injuries you may have.
What To Do After the Accident
1.If you were hurt in the accident, go see a doctor. It is important to begin treatment of any injuries as soon as possible.
2.Do not give a recorded statement to any insurance company, even your own. The insurance companies want you to believe that this is required, but it is not. What you say to the insurance companies can be used against you over the course of your claim. Proceed with extreme caution when issuing any statements about the accident or your injuries prior to retaining an attorney.
3.Be open and honest with your doctor about past injuries and other medical conditions.
4.If the treatment you are receiving isn’t working, tell your doctor. Don’t assume that more of the same treatment means you will improve.
5.When you finish all of your medical treatment with a particular doctor, hospital, chiropractor, or other medical provider, ask for a complete copy of your medical records and bills. By initially requesting copies of everything necessary for a demand, you will be saving your attorneys time and money.
By following these steps, you will make it difficult for any insurance company to deny your claim, while also collecting necessary evidence for your attorney to use in maximizing the value of your case. If you’ve been hurt in a car accident and are searching for help, the dedicated attorneys at Lapeze & Johns are standing by ready to help fight for you every step of the way. Contact us for a free case evaluation today.