While we hope you never experience such a traumatic experience, taking the right actions will ensure your well-being, protect your rights, and get you the compensation you deserve.
#1. Get medical treatment
The health and safety of you and everyone involved should be your first concern. Even if no one appears to have severe injuries, call 911 and have a police officer present.
When the paramedics arrive, ensure to get medical attention. Even if you don’t appear injured or feel pain, getting checked out is still important. Common car injuries, such as whiplash or brain injuries, do not appear until later.
Finally, get a copy of the medical record to show the link between the accident and your injuries. Also, a police report will provide a reliable third-party point-of-view, preventing a your-word-against-mine scenario.
#2. Document the scene
Once everyone is safe, it is time to start gathering information and documenting the scene. Using your smartphone’s camera or any other available, take pictures and videos of the damage to all vehicles involved and injuries you or passengers in your vehicle may have.
Capture multiple angles and close-ups to have a comprehensive visual record of the accident. You should also snap a picture of the area. In addition, gather information such as the contact details of witnesses, when and where the accident took place, and a description of what happened. These details will aid your memory when recollecting how the accident occurred.
#3. Consult an experienced personal injury lawyer
Car accidents can be complex. Even when there is overwhelming evidence to the contrary, the driver responsible for the accident may deny their culpability and refuse to take responsibility. This leaves you to bear all the financial implications of repairing or replacing your vehicle and paying for medical care alone, which can quickly run into thousands of dollars. You don’t want that to happen.
An experienced lawyer can provide you with legal advice and guidance, and if it comes to it, represent you in court, so you can establish a winning case and receive compensation.
Get the financial compensation you deserve
If you’ve been involved in a crash, no matter how minor it is, whether you’re partly to blame or not, you don’t have to face the complex legal process alone. The experienced personal injury lawyers at Leeson and Leeson can help you receive the money you’re entitled to so you can have peace of mind and focus on attaining full recovery. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.