What to do after an accident

An accident is just that – an accident. It is hard to think straight immediately after a crash, especially if you have been injured. Sometimes you may not even realize you were injured until days or weeks later.

Do you know what to do after you’ve been in a car accident? While you can never fully prepare for an accident, you can learn about what to do after you have been in an accident now before it happens.

Below is a list of what steps to take after an accident to protect your rights and to prepare for filing a claim:

  • Seek medical attention as necessary. This does not only apply to immediately after the crash. Even if it has been days or weeks since the crash, do not hesitate to go to the doctor to evaluate your injuries.
  • Call the police to report the accident. It is helpful to get a copy of the official accident report to help with your claim.
  • Exchange contact and insurance information with the other drivers and any witnesses to the crash.
  • Take pictures and notes at the accident scene.
  • Do not admit any fault for the accident. This could harm your claim down the road.
  • Report the accident to your insurance company, but do not agree or sign any settlement yet.
  • Talk to an attorney.

You may be able to file a claim against the other driver or individuals responsible for the accident. Filing a claim is a complex process on its own. The importance of having legal representation increases when you add a civil claim to the process. A lawyer can help protect your rights and work with insurance companies on your behalf so you can focus on getting better.

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