What to do after you suffer a car accident?
After a car accident, it is crucial that you seek medical attention. Even if an ambulance is not called or decides not to take you to the hospital, it is important for you to get to a hospital or doctor as soon as possible. Primarily, you want immediate medical treatment because symptoms of certain injuries don’t always manifest right away, and may manifest later and failure to treat these injuries could lead to serious consequences if not treated immediately. Furthermore, being examined immediately serves to help document your injuries which will serve as evidence in your personal injury case to show that the accident caused your injuries. Failure to receive immediate medical treatment, may also create an opportunity for the insurance carrier you are filing a claim against to downgrade your claim.
Right after calling the police and an ambulance if you or someone else are capable, try as safely as possible to document and take pictures of the accident scene which will help your personal injury attorney and insurance adjuster get a better understanding of the accident and the nature of your injuries.
PHOTOS SHOULD INCLUDE:
- Damage to vehicles and/or property;
- Injuries or areas where you think you are injured;
- Accident scene including road conditions/skid marks/debris in roadway/vehicle positions;
- Accident scene location identifiers such as intersection/address/exit number;
- Identification such as clear photos of insurance cards and license plates.
DOCUMENTATION SHOULD INCLUDE:
- Names, phone numbers, addresses and e-mail addresses of all occupants, including the number of occupants in the other vehicles;
- Names, phone numbers, addresses and e-mail addresses of all potential witnesses;
- Company name, policy number and phone number for other insurance companies;
- If emergency services respond: police department, police report number, phone number, officer name, badge number, ambulance company and/or fire department.
The police report may contain much if not all the information needed for your claim however, it is still wise if possible to document the information pertaining to the accident on your own to help the police in creating a more accurate report of the accident which will in turn eventually better help your claim.