No one expects to get hit by another driver and yet there are millions of car accidents every year. Do you know what to do if you’re ever involved in a crash? Take these six steps to protect yourself — and make it easier to recover the compensation you deserve through a lawsuit:
- Call 911: Whether you’ve been in a minor fender bender or a major collision, it’s always a good idea to call 911. It’s even required by law in many states. Request emergency medical assistance if anyone is seriously hurt and ask an officer to come and fill out a report.
- Get contact information: You’ll want to collect some information from any other drivers who were involved in the crash. If possible, get their name, phone number, insurance details, vehicle registration, and license plate number. Take down the names and phone numbers of any witnesses in the area too.
- Take photographs: Taking photographs of the incident is a great way to support your insurance claim, and it can help you build a strong argument for a lawsuit if needed. Try to get pictures of vehicle damage and any visible injuries before you leave the scene.
- Get medical attention: You should always visit a doctor after getting in a car crash. Some injuries may not be visible, while others take time to manifest. Seeking medical attention will protect your wellbeing and create a record that you can use in your fight for compensation.
- Notify your insurance company: It’s important to let your insurance company know about your accident. However, you should not admit fault or sign any waivers that they present to you. Take care not to rush into a low-ball settlement offer either.
- Call our car accident lawyer: Protect your rights after a car accident by speaking with our personal injury lawyer. Before you get too involved with the other driver and their insurance company, you should seek legal advice to make sure you receive the full and fair compensation you deserve.
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James H. Shoemaker, Jr. is an experienced motor vehicle accident lawyer serving clients in Virginia Beach, Hampton Roads, Washington D.C., and across the country. Schedule a case evaluation at 757-223-4580 to learn how he can help you during this difficult time.