With over six million car accidents occurring in the US every year, it’s important to know the proper steps to take in the event that you find yourself injured in one. Whether your accident causes minor damages or severe injuries, it’s important to know that there are proper steps to take to ensure your rights and damages are protected.
Remain at the Scene of the Accident
The first step for anyone involved in an accident should always be to remain at the accident scene. Even if the accident is a minor one, it is important to remain at the scene until all details are sorted. While at the scene it is important to check yourself and others involved for injuries.
Contact Local Emergency Services and Police
Be sure to contact your local emergency services in the event that there is a severe injury, and any time you are in an accident always contact local police immediately. Calling local authorities provides many benefits, including:
An official written police report which will be valuable evidence for your personal injury claim
Assistance in the event that your vehicle is in an inoperable state
They will also gather contact information from the other party which will ensure you receive the proper information
Be sure to tell the officer(s) exactly what happened. Include all the information you can remember and
Notify Your Insurer
It is important to notify your insurance company as soon as possible. Be sure to cooperate with them and to explain all the details of the accident. Explain the facts clearly and truthfully. If the insurance company finds out that you fabricated the story in your favor, they may deny your claim.
Make sure to never accept a settlement amount before speaking with a qualified personal injury attorney, to ensure you are receiving the amount you deserve.
If the police arrive at the scene they will get this information in their reporting. However, in the event that the police are unable to respond, it is important that you receive the other parties involved’s contact information. Be sure to include:
License plate number
Driver’s License number
Not only should you receive the information about the other party involved, but you should also be sure to speak with any witnesses you can. Get a written report of the accident from their point of view in addition to their contact information.
Taking photos will provide you with evidence for your case, and will also serve as a safeguard in the event that your claim is disputed or denied. Be sure to photograph any physical damage vehicles involved may have received. Also be sure to take pictures of the accident scene, including any skid marks and property damages.
Take Caution Discussing Your Accident
Abstain from speaking about your accident to anyone other than your attorney, insurance company, and law enforcement to ensure your rights are protected.
Document Your Medical Treatment
Keep detailed documentation of any treatment you receive in relation to your accident. This may include:
Physical therapy sessions
Keeping track of the expenses related to your accident will give you the best chance at seeking the maximum compensation for your claim.
Have Your Accident Injury Claim Reviewed by Piering Law Firm
Do you believe you have an injury claim? Depending on the specifics of your accident, you may be held liable for damages above what your insurance provider will be willing to cover. In addition, if you sustained a serious injury your medical bills may surpass your settlement amount, leaving you to pick up the expenses—especially if you accept an offer before working with a Sacramento personal injury attorney.
At Piering Law Firm, our team of Sacramento personal injury attorneys has many years of experience helping our clients build strong cases to help them receive the compensation they deserve. Don’t get stuck living with the mistakes of another person’s negligence, we would love to show you how we can help.
Call (916) 476-2399 today to schedule your free case evaluation.