Car accidents can be traumatic. The steps you take after your car accident play a vital role in protecting your legal claim. If you want to submit a claim for compensation, here are five steps you should take after a car accident:
Involve the Police
Call the police even if the accident is minor. The police will make a record of the accident and after investigating the accident, the police officer will issue a police report. This will help in establishing the fact that the accident actually occurred and also help in determining who was at fault.
Get Information and Take Photographs
Get photographs of the accident scene, witness names and contact information. Also, photograph vehicle positions, body damage, skid marks and road conditions.
Get Medical Help
If you think you are injured, immediately see a doctor or visit the hospital. Even if you do not feel pain immediately after the accident, injuries may become painful in time. It is advisable to get medical help even if you had a minor injury.
A visit to the doctor or hospital will also help document your injuries and make you eligible for Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage.
Talk to a Car Accident Attorney
An experienced car accident attorney will help you avoid any legal mistakes. A good lawyer is fully aware of the statute of limitations, and will help you file the claim within the required time frame. He or she will also track your medical record so that the medical costs remain reasonable. Finally, your car accident attorney will represent your legal interests when submitting your claim for compensation from the responsible party.
Do Not Give a Recorded Statement to an Insurance Representative
Do not make a recorded statement to the insurance company without the prior knowledge of your attorney. Your car accident attorney will help prepare you for any recorded statements with the insurance company so that all the facts about the accident are fully expressed.
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