The moments after a car accident can be quite scary since you are disoriented and unsure of what happened. It is in these moments, though, that you need to protect yourself and your rights.
The National Law Review explains the time right after an accident is the best time to gather evidence to protect your rights and to start building a case to ensure the law holds the right party accountable for the incident. Here are some things you should do in the aftermath.
Get medical care
You should see a doctor after an accident. This provides proper documentation of any injuries and makes it obvious these injuries were a result of the accident. These things will become important as you move through the claims process.
Speak with officers
You want to get an accident report as soon as possible. The local department may have a waiting period so it can prepare the reports, but you should find out right away when you can get the report.
You should keep everything you have from the accident in a file. This includes any notes you have taken, paperwork you have received, and other information you have documented. Keeping a hard copy of everything can help you to stay on top of things and know what you have and what you need.
Do not accept any offers
The other party’s insurance company will try to offer you a settlement, especially if there is no doubt who was responsible for the accident. You should never accept a settlement without speaking to an attorney.
Taking control of things after an auto accident can help to protect your rights and ensure you get the compensation you have a right to.