At the Law Office of James F. White, P.C, we are ready to offer the legal support you need to recover from a car accident.
Being involved in a car crash can be a traumatic and stressful experience. It may worsen if you cannot effectively deal with the accident's aftermath. Most victims are unsure about the proper steps to take after an accident. Knowing what to do after a car accident can help minimize your liability.
The first moments at a car accident scene are the most crucial. You must ensure you are safe and prevent yourself from being charged with a crime. Here are the essential steps to follow:
Victims of car accidents are advised not to leave the scene. If you run away, you may reduce your chances of recovering compensation. Besides, drivers who flee from accident scenes may face hit-and-run charges. Consider staying at the accident scene until a law enforcement officer arrives.
Seek emergency services by calling 911. You will have a police officer visiting the scene to assess the situation and create an accident report. The report may indicate why the accident occurred based on the officer's observations and witness statements. Calling 911 can also be an excellent way to ensure severely injured victims receive the relevant, urgent medical attention.
You can then exchange contact information with the parties involved. The contact information includes everyone's names, addresses, and phone numbers. Besides, it would be best to consider taking the other driver's insurance information and license plate number. This information can be handy when filing a lawsuit or an insurance claim.
While it may feel human to say sorry after the accident, it is advisable to avoid apologizing when talking with the parties involved. An apology may be interpreted as an admission of guilt, limiting your chances of recovering compensation.
Whether the crash is minor or the accident report is complete, always treat a car crash as a potential legal claim. This mindset will help you collect the evidence you need to protect your rights if you get sued for the accident. You can do this by documenting witness statements and taking pictures and videos of the accident scene.
Consider reaching out to paramedics to ensure you get the appropriate treatment for your injuries. Some injuries like whiplash and concussions may take longer to appear, so you can't afford to leave that to chance. Consider scheduling a post-accident visit with your physician to document your injuries and safeguard your health.
At the Law Office of James F. White, P.C, we are ready to offer the legal support you need to recover from a car accident. Our Franklin car accident attorneys will help determine whether you can file a claim and offer the guidance you need throughout the process. Call us at 508-541-8585 to schedule a free consultation.
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