A sudden car accident can result in injuries that make it hard for you to go back to your normal daily life. And depending on the extent of your injuries, you may live with the effects of the car accident for the rest of your life.
Every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 2 million people sustain injuries in a car accident. To increase your chances of obtaining fair and proper compensation after a crash, take the following steps after a car accident.
Call your attorney
If you incur serious injuries in a crash, seek emergency medical assistance before you do anything else. But if you do not need emergency care, call your attorney and inform him or her of the crash.
See a physician
If your injuries are minor, you may not think that you need to see a doctor following a motor vehicle collision. No matter what, you may want to see a doctor so that you have documentation to back up any claims you make for physical injuries.
Refrain from talking to the insurance company
The opposing insurance company may repeatedly try to contact you to talk about the accident and get you to agree to a settlement. Refrain from talking to the insurance company without your attorney.
You should also compile documentation that supports any injury claims you make while you recover from the accident. For example, you should keep all receipts for medical care as well as medical records acquired from your physician.