Car accidents happen everyday. Many of these accidents are caused by drivers who are inexperienced, distracted, intoxicated, or just acting recklessly. Unfortunately, these negligent drivers injure millions of people on the roads every year.
You may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and emotional pain and suffering if you have been injured in an auto accident. Compensation is never a guarantee—but you can improve your chance of recovering what you deserve by knowing exactly what to do immediately following a car accident.
What to Do After a Car Accident
The moments following an auto accident may be chaotic, but it’s important to remain calm. Your first priority should be calling 9-1-1 and requesting that a police officer come to the scene so he can create an official police report. If you or anyone else involved in the accident is injured, you should let the dispatcher know so he can send help.
After contacting the authorities, document as much evidence as possible from the scene of the accident.Take photos of damage on your vehicle and any other vehicles involved in the accident. Photograph the location where the accident occurred, including any traffic signs or lights that could have contributed to the cause of the collision. Exchange information with the other drivers involved, but do not discuss the cause of the accident or accept fault for it. If there are witnesses present, approach them and politely ask for their contact information so you can get in touch with them later to find out what they saw.
If you do not receive emergency medical attention, be sure to go to a doctor immediately after you leave the scene of the accident even if you think your injuries are not serious. Minor injuries can get worse over time, so it is best to be treated right away to prevent complications. Every symptom that you are experiencing and injury that you have sustained needs to be documented by a medical professional as soon as possible.
Then, contact an auto accident attorney at Reisch Law Firm to discuss your case. We will immediately begin working to negotiate with the insurance company and recover the compensation that you deserve.
Dealing With the Insurance Adjuster After a Car Accident
As soon as the accident has been reported, an insurance adjuster will be assigned to your case and will most likely try to make contact with you. The insurance adjuster may ask you to make a statement regarding the accident, but don’t fall for this trick. The insurance adjuster will do everything that he can to lower the value of your claim, including taking your words out of context or trying to get you to accept fault. This is one of the many reasons why you will need legal representation after an auto accident. Let our attorneys communicate with the insurance company on your behalf so we can protect your best interests.
Have you been injured in a car accident? Contact Reisch Law Firm today at 303-291-0555 to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced auto accident attorneys.