What NOT to do if you’ve been in a car accident

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Car Accidents are unfortunate and extremely emotional events. Sometimes when they happen, we say or do the wrong things that can hurt us in the long run. In this blog post, our goal is to help anyone recently in an accident avoid the mistakes that could hurt you in the long run.

First and foremost, the first thing you will want to do is call 911, no matter how minor you think the accident is. Memories tend to change and people change their mind as time moves on.

Now, to review what NOT to do if you’ve been in a car accident:

The most important thing is to not leave the scene of the accident. Regardless of if you’re in a rush or have something planned… you must stay.

It is critical to wait for the police so that they can make a report of the car accident. Not only because the Police are professionals and can look at what happened objectively, but this will be the most accurate accounting of the car accident. This will be because the memory is freshest with you and the physical evidence of the crash will still be present.

If for some reason you cannot stay (which is not recommended), immediately take photos of the accident scene. Safely take photos from as many angles as possible. The reality is that as we replay these scenarios in our minds, our memories change slightly. These photographs will serve as clear evidence.

While waiting for the police to arrive at the scene, make sure you look for any potential witnesses to the accident. If it is possible to do safely, gather as much contact information as possible from any witnesses. Witness testimony could be a vital piece of the puzzle if you need to make a claim and it goes to court.

While doing this, be sure to gather the contact information of the other driver as well. Although it may be hard, try to keep your emotions under control. If there is anything said that could be misconstrued as an admission of guilt, it could work against you. In addition to the other driver’s contact information, be sure to also take down their insurance information. You can use the camera on your phone to gather this.

If the other drive should become confrontational, do your best to keep some distance and do not give in to their advances. If they choose to not give you their information, be sure to not be the first to leave the scene.

Finally, the last thing to NOT do is report the accident to your insurance company from the scene of the accident. At that point if the accident just happened, you may not be feeling pain because of your adrenaline. It’s best to sleep on it and see how you feel after the adrenaline wears off. If you were to report that you are not in any pain then change your story, that could hurt your case.

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Call the police and make sure an ambulance is sent as soon as possible. Make sure everyone involved in the accident is conscious and responsive. Stay at the scene even if the accident isn’t serious, the police should be called regardless and a police report should be filed. It is important when speaking to the police that you stick to the facts, do not speculate, and most importantly do not admit any fault. Make sure you take as many pictures as you can with your cell phone. Also, we suggest taking a picture of the other person’s license plate, their drivers license, and insurance information. The pictures should document any damage that is caused by both vehicles.  Seek medical attention as soon as possible if injured, even if you do not feel any pain, you may be in a state of shock and could experience medical issues later on.

If you are experiencing pain, injury, or financial damages as a result of someone else’s negligence. You may have a personal injury case. If the other driver was at fault or failed to follow the legal rules of the road – our car accident attorneys may be able to prove that the other party is liable for those damages. For example, if you were rear-ended in a car accident, typically the other driver is responsible for that accident and the insurance company could be liable for any damages.

Within the first few days, you will receive communications from both your insurance company and the other driver’s insurance company. You may be contacted by your health insurance company, doctors, and even attorneys. The other driver’s insurance company may request that you sign medical authorizations so they can retrieve your medical records. Before you speak to any of these people or sign any documents, it is important that you seek legal counsel.

You may have a difficult time paying for your medical expenses, even if you have health insurance. Make sure to bill any treatment as you normally would through your healthcare provider. Additionally, you may have medical payment coverage under your car insurance plan. This could be used to cover your co-pays and other medical expenses that your health insurance company may not cover initially.

This is a difficult question to answer because it depends on many factors. If we are successful in proving that the other party is liable for your injuries and damages, you could be compensated for medical bills and any other hospital costs, lost wages, costs of rehabilitation and physical therapy, disability or disfigurement, pain and suffering, wrongful death, including loss of financial support and any other out of pocket expense that was related to your accident.

Depending on the severity of your injuries and the length of time you need to heal from your injuries will determine the length of your claim. We also have to factor in the willingness of the other party to settle as they make their initial offer. If unreasonable offers are made, your claim may proceed to trial, which will increase the length of your claim.

At Kats, Jamison & Associates all personal injury accident cases are handled on a contingency-fee-basis. This means that we will never charge you upfront for any cost and we will advance all costs and expenses. You will not have to reimburse our Firm for any costs unless we are successful. You will pay absolutely nothing for lawyers’ fees unless we win a monetary sum in your case.

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