Depending on the severity of the crash, law enforcement and your local emergency squad typically arrive at the accident scene within minutes of calling 911. If you are ever involved in a car wreck, remembering to do the following will ensure your safety and can help your personal injury lawyer obtain the compensation you deserve for medical bills, property damage, lost wages, physical pain, and mental suffering.
6 Things You Should Do After a Car Accident
1. Move Away from Dangerous Situations
Gasoline spilling onto the pavement, smoking vehicles, and busy oncoming traffic are examples of dangerous situations existing after a car crash. Never try to push overturned cars back onto their wheels or drive a wrecked car away from the scene. Go to a safe place and wait for the police to arrive.
2. File and Obtain a Police Report of the Car Accident
It’s always best to file a police report from the scene. This report is typically available within 72 hours of the crash.
3. If Possible, Get Witness Contact Information
Should liability and fault be challenged, having witnesses who can provide testimony is vital to obtaining compensation. Make sure to obtain the names and contact information from any witnesses.
4. Take Pictures of EVERYTHING
If possible, take pictures of all vehicles involved in the car accident. Focus on damaged areas of the vehicles. Take pictures of road conditions, location markers, street signs, and gouge marks in the road.
5. Do Not Sign Any Medical Release Forms
While some medical forms may need signed, others do not. For example, if another driver’s car insurance company wants you to sign medical authorizations forms—don’t! You are not required to give another auto insurance company access to your lifetime medical history. In addition, if you are filing a claim, your personal injury attorney will gather the appropriate forms from your physician to pursue litigation. It is not in your best interest to sign anything, especially medical release forms, provided by the driver who is liable for the accident.
6. Schedule a Consultation Appointment Today with a Car Crash Attorney
If you or someone you know has suffered physical injuries, do not talk to the at-fault driver’s car insurance company before consulting with an experienced personal injury attorney. Auto insurance adjusters are trained to reduce or even negate a compensation payout on behalf of their insurance company. Experienced car wreck lawyers know how to handle insurance adjusters to maximize compensation for injured accident victims. Call us today at 256-539-7575 for assistance in obtaining the compensation you deserve.