If you were recently in a car accident, you need to act fast to protect yourself. Car crashes can be extremely traumatizing and they often cause a substantial amount of damage, especially if the accident occurred at high speeds or involved reckless driving.
Careless, distracted, or drunk drivers can be tremendously dangerous on the road, not just to themselves, but to every nearby driver, passenger, and pedestrian. If you were harmed in a crash, it’s important to do everything in your power to hold the liable party accountable for his or her actions.
After a car accident, follow these important steps:
1. Call for Help: If you were seriously injured, call 911 or ask someone near you to call for an ambulance. If you only sustained minor injuries, take stock of everyone else involved in the crash. If anyone was harmed, call 911 on their behalf. In the event that nobody was injured, you should still call the police to report the crash. Once an officer arrives on the scene, he or she can make an official report of the accident, which will come in handy when you file a claim with the insurance company.
2. Exchange Information: After the most immediate concerns have been taken care of, it’s time to take a look at your situation from a more material standpoint. Look at the damage your vehicle sustained, and speak to any other drivers, motorcyclists, bicyclists, or pedestrians involved in the crash. You don’t need to discuss what caused the incident, but you do need to exchange information. Collect each person’s full name, driver’s license number, insurance provider, phone number, and email. If you don’t take pictures of the vehicles, be sure to write down the license plate number, year, make, and model.
3. Gather Evidence: The easiest way to gather evidence after a crash is to take pictures of the scene. Using your smartphone’s camera, take photos of your injuries, and the injuries of anyone else involved, if they allow it. Also, take pictures of the scene of the crash, including any debris, tire marks, damaged property, downed telephone poles, damaged medians, etc. Anything that affected the crash, such as a covered stop sign or a broken traffic light, should also be documented. Lastly, be sure to take photos of each vehicle involved in the crash, paying special attention to the damaged areas.
4. Contact an Attorney: Even in a minor crash, the legal repercussions can be more complex than you may think. Whether you need to file a claim through your insurer or take the liable party to court, it’s essential that you work with a legal professional who can inform and guide you through each step of the process. When you choose to work with an attorney, you can focus on healing after your accident while your legal team takes on the rest.
Were you injured in a car crash? Our experienced team at Klein Frank, P.C. is prepared to help you seek justice and compensation for your injuries. Car accidents can be expensive, and between medical bills, loss of wages, and punitive damages, the cost can escalate quickly. If you were hurt in a crash caused by someone else’s negligence or mistake, we can help you.
Contact Klein Frank, P.C. to discuss your motor vehicle accident with our attorneys.