Being involved in a car accident can be a very unnerving and horrific event. Life seems to speed up very quickly and almost turn into a blur. Many times when someone is involved in an accident, their adrenaline kicks in and can drive a sense of strength while it is pumping. It is important to be cognizant of a few things in the very beginning to make sure you are protected in the event you are hurt in the accident.
First, if you are in the accident, make sure you don’t leave the scene until you have spoken to a police officer or are taken away in an ambulance. Also, if there are other people at the scene that witnessed the accident, make sure that you get their names and phone numbers. These people can be very helpful down the road in your case. Many times that description of the accident will vary substantially from one driver to another. As such, if you have independent witnesses describing the accident as you have, then your description becomes more believable.
Also, if you can, snap pictures with your phone while at the scene. Capture the damage to the cars and also their locations. This will also help in the development of the accident in the future. Any evidence that is preserved from the accident scene just bolstered your own version of what happened.
Many times people do not even realize they are injured in an accident until several hours or days after the accident has happened. This again can be attributed to adrenaline. It is important to get checked out by a doctor or hospital as soon as you feel any pain.
Finally, be wary of insurance companies. It is important that you notify your own insurance company as soon after an accident as you can. However, you may receive quick calls from the insurance company for the other driver as well. Typically those insurance companies want to offer quick, small settlements to close your case before you even know how hurt you are. Do not trust in this. Talk to a lawyer right away.
It is very important that you talk to your lawyer as soon as you can. We at Abrahamsen, Conaboy, and Abrahamsen help people every day who have been injured in car accidents, slip and falls and other instances where they have been hurt through no fault of their own. Call us today for a free consultation.