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Car Accidents Happen: What You Should Know if You’re in an Accident

by Amy Walters

Every driver on the road can have an accident at any time. Besides other drivers, we have to contend with bad weather, damaged road signs, and other unforeseen circumstances. The consequences can be disastrous both financially and to your health, so it’s important to know in advance the best steps to take if you do have an accident.

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At the scene of the accident

Before you leave the scene of the accident, square away the situation. It helps to have a checklist (mentally or even a physical list) to remind yourself of steps to take.

Of course, checking on all passengers comes first. No one badly injured should be moved suddenly and without care. Even those who appear fine may have suffered significant injuries. The jolt of a car accident makes adrenaline provide you energy to ignore the pain. Expect your neck and back to be more injured than it first may seem.

Any good personal injury lawyer can tell you to call the police. Their report will serve as an official recording, better than any one person’s version. The police can also help you with emergency medical needs and inspect property damage.

You should also make your own notes. Don’t hesitate to pull out your phone and start taking photos of things. It will only help to have detailed notes, witness statements, and pictures as evidence of the truth.

Another great bit of advice from an attorney: don’t apologize. Do not admit to any wrongdoing that caused the accident, and don’t even say the word sorry. Your words can only be twisted against you later.

Handling the aftermath

Consulting with a personal injury lawyer will pay off in the event any legal action arises. The attorney can guide you through your specific situation and ensure that your medical fees and other costs are taken care of.

You’ll also need to work closely with your insurance company to discuss the accident. Here also a  lawyer can advise you on how to describe the situation. Similar to regretting apologies at the scene, there may be keywords that an insurance company will pounce on to deny claims.

Proper medical treatment for any injuries is also very necessary. You may be tempted to treat your symptoms at home, but without official records there is no proof that you were injured and required treatment. Initial and ongoing hospital visits will track your injuries and treatment needs.

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