What Should I Do After a Car Accident?

woman on the phone after a crash

While the shock and adrenaline after an accident can make things a little confusing, it’s important for you to understand the various steps that help protect your rights. Taking certain steps following a crash not only positions you to file a strong claim for compensation, it helps gather necessary evidence should you need to proceed with legal action.

Get the Other Drivers’ Information

Make sure you speak with all other drivers involved and get their information. The information you get should include:

  • Their contact information
  • Driver’s license
  • Insurance provider and policy number
  • License plate

You want to be sure you’re giving your own insurance provider and attorney the information you obtain. The more information you obtain, the better.

Report the Accident

Take the time to report the collision to your insurance provider, but also report it to local law enforcement, especially if there are severe injuries or property damage. Be sure to let them know if you need medical attention at the scene of the accident to provide care. Having law enforcement helps to ensure there’s an accident report on file that details the situation in full.

Get Evidence

Take pictures of everything at the scene of the accident, including the damages to the vehicles, the scene where the crash occurred, and any injuries sustained. Also, you can speak with witnesses to gather contact information that you can provide to your insurance company and legal team.

Get Medical Help

If you’re experiencing any kind of pain, you want to see a doctor. Even minor accidents can lead to major injuries, and getting medical help allows you to begin treatment as quickly as possible. You can also benefit from having an ongoing medical record that shows the severity of your injuries and what may have caused them.

Hire a Lawyer

Having legal counsel can protect your ability to pursue compensation. Our team at The Attkisson Law Firm is prepared to help you understand your rights to hold negligent parties accountable and seek the most favorable outcome possible.

Our Dayton car accident lawyers are here for you during your time of need. We’re real people helping real people, and we do whatever it takes to safeguard you from insurance companies who prioritize profit over your well-being.

Call our firm today at (937) 230-8330 to discover more about your rights and options.

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