What to Do After a Car Accident
Annually there are approximately 6 million car accidents in the United States. California solely counts up for roughly 500,000 of those accidents annually. That’s over 1,300 accidents per day in California. With that many accidents happening, you might find yourself in an accident at one point or another.
A car accident is stressful and overwhelming. Once the accident happens, it is essential to take the right steps to ensure you are protected. When you are involved in an accident, your first concern should be your health. Then it is to file a claim to cover the expenses of your damaged vehicle and medical needs. It is essential to take the right step to ensure you get the maximum compensation.
If you are involved in a car accident, contact Girardi | Keese. We understand the physical, emotional, and financial toll an accident can have on your life. Since we know what’s at stake, we will fight relentlessly for the compensation you deserve. Call 800-401-4530 to schedule a free consultation today.
Let’s go over a few crucial steps to take following a car accident:
1. Call the police and emergency services.
Police will direct traffic away from the scene, ensuring the safety of everyone involved in the accident. The police officer can also write an official accident report that can be used to make your case stronger. Additionally, they can coordinate with first responders to ensure all injured parties get the necessary medical attention. They will also take statements from any witnesses, which could be valuable later when making your claim.
2. Collect as much information as possible.
Get the other driver’s ID information, name, insurance details, and contact information. It is also essential to get the name and contact information of any witnesses. If possible, ask them to send you a text message with their statement of what they witnessed. It is also wise to take down the officer’s name and info in charge of writing the report.
3. Photograph the scene.
If you can safely walk and do not need immediate medical care, photograph all the vehicles involved and the surrounding area. Take photos from all angles. Make sure to capture traffic signals, crosswalks, stop signs, and other crucial details that might help accident experts piece together what happened. Pictures don’t lie, and these will be helpful when your attorney in negotiating with the insurance companies.
4. Visit a doctor.
Even if you don’t feel any discomfort right away, it is essential to get examined by a medical professional. With the shock of the accident and adrenalin rushing through the body, you might not feel any discomfort right away. Pain and injuries can get worse days after the accident. It is vital to get checked by a medical professional right away to get proper treatment for any unseen injuries that you may have.
5. Call a Personal Injury Attorney
Contact a trusted attorney that specializes in accident cases. After leaving the scene, your first call should be to a lawyer. Some crucial evidence may be time-sensitive; it is wise to seek legal guidance and start building your case as soon as possible.
Call 800-401-4530 to schedule a free consultation today.
Speak with a lawyer before filing an insurance claim.
To get compensated after an accident, you must file an insurance claim. If you file by yourself, some insurance companies may give you a minimal amount and close the case. When you hire an attorney, their team will work vigorously to negotiate with the insurance companies to get you maximum compensation for:
- Future medical costs
- Lost wages from work
- Pain and suffering
- Vehicle repair costs
- And much more
It is imperative to contact an attorney before calling the insurance company. If you or a loved one has been in an accident, make sure to contact Girardi | Keese. We will negotiate with the insurance companies to get you the medical help you need, cover your vehicle’s expenses, and get you the compensation you deserve. We have 55 years of experience and an extremely long list of successful cases. If you have been injured or have a legal matter you would like to discuss with an attorney from our firm, please contact us by filling out our form here or call 800-401-4530.