After a Traffic Accident: What to do?
What do you do immediately after you are injured in a car accident?
- Seek medical attention for your injuries
- Take photographs of everything including all your physical injuries, yourself in hospital or at the scene of the accident if possible. Also, take photographs of the accident scene including all vehicles involved, stationary objects struck, debris, skid marks, obstacles in road, dangerous conditions including weather, etc.
- Take down the name, address, telephone number, license plate number of all involved drivers, witnesses and emergency responders if possible.
- Create a car accident journal. Write down all your observations including your injuries.
What do you do after that?
- If you have medical insurance use it to pay your hospital/doctor bills.
- Determine what your own insurance coverage is and locate your policy.
- Continue to write down your symptoms and what you do every day in your car accident journal.
- Alert your employer and keep track of time off work.
- File a claim with the negligent driver's insurance company, but only give them facts about the accident and no more.
- Determine whether your vehicle can be salvaged and whether you need to rent a vehicle until it is fixed or replaced.
- Get a free case evaluation. Contact the Seegmiller Law Firm at 877-426-0695 so that an expert car accident lawyer can determine whether you have a case against another driver.
What NOT to do after a car accident?
- Do not speak to the other driver's insurance adjuster.
- Do not sign a release or give a statement to the insurance company.
- Do not allow insurance company to record your statements or submit statements to them in writing.
- Do not sign a medical lien to pay for medical treatment if you have health coverage.
- Do not leave your vehicle at the storage facility to avoid unnecessary fees.