Steps You Should Take After a Car Accident
As evidenced by the number of car accidents in America each year, which range well into the thousands, even the best defensive drivers on our roads can get blindsided by a reckless motorist. The erratic maneuverings of an intoxicated driver or someone who is texting behind the wheel are simply too difficult to predict and a collision could be unavoidable. In case you ever find yourself on the unfortunate receiving end of a driver’s bad decisions, remember these steps to take after a car accident. If you do, not only should everything should go over smoother but also your chances of recovering proper compensation should increase.
After you have been in a car accident, try to keep these steps in mind:
- Safety: If your vehicle is still operant and you are in good health to do so, move it out of traffic and pull over. The last thing you need is another collision with your car so don’t worry about “disrupting evidence” and just get it out of harm’s way.
- Care: Are you and your passengers okay? What about the people in the other cars? Before you think about insurance policies, ensure everyone is safe and sound. If they are not, you need to call for emergency medical responders immediately.
- Enforcement: The police need to know whenever a dangerous car accident has occurred, especially when there is significant damage to vehicles and injuries to passengers. Get them on the scene so you can have a copy of their report. They will also ensure the other driver doesn’t attempt a hit-and-run.
- Evidence: The evidence of your crash is going to be all around you. Now is the time to do what you can to gather as much of it as you can. This means eyewitness testimonies, photographs from multiple angles, insurance information from all parties involved, and whatever else you think could be helpful.
- Treatment: If you did not require emergency care immediately after the accident, that doesn’t mean you should assume you are 100% healthy. See your physician as soon as you can for a checkup. There could be minor injuries you barely notice now that could devolve into serious problems later if you allow them to go untreated.
- Representation: You will need to tell your insurance adjusters sooner than later that you were in an accident. You are afforded the time to get professional legal representation before you do so, however. With a personal injury lawyer in your corner, you don’t have to worry about saying the wrong thing at the wrong time and inadvertently shifting some of the liability onto yourself.
At Johnson, Vorhees & Martucci, our Joplin car accident attorneys are ready and willing to put their 140+ years of combined legal and trial experience to good use for your case. We’ve secured millions for our clients and have an AV® Preeminent™ Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®! Call 417.313.1130 today. We also have offices in Rogers, Arkansas and Springfield, Missouri.