Car Wrecks and What to Do First: ADD it Up- Assess, Document, & Determine
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No one plans to be in a car wreck, but unfortunately motor vehicle accidents can happen to anyone at almost any time. But what should you do if you find yourself in a wreck, even if it’s only a minor fender bender?
First, try to take a deep breath and relax. Make sure you are ok, and then make sure anyone else in the car with you is not injured. If you are in doubt, call an ambulance.
If you are certain that you are not seriously injured, assess the area around your car, exit the vehicle and move to a safe location off of the road. Call the police if you are going to file a claim with an insurance company, because an accident report will be necessary, even if you believe your injuries and vehicle damages are minor. Even more importantly, if you hire an attorney, your lawyer will need the accident report to better understand the facts of the accident, or possibly for evidence if you go to court.
Make notes of your own. Many times, insurance claims and trials take months, if not years, and memories can fade. Write down what you remember about the accident. Was the motor vehicle accident in an intersection? Was there a working stop-light? How many lanes of traffic were there? How fast were you going? Where on your car did the collision with the other vehicle occur?
If you have a cell phone and camera, take pictures!
Exchange insurance information with the other driver involved in the car wreck, even if you can only take a picture of the other driver’s insurance card. It is important that your motor vehicle insurance carrier is informed as soon as possible after an accident. They have a right to investigate until your lawyer tells them to stop, and more importantly, an insurance company cannot pay you for your injuries, lost wages, or pain and suffering if they are not aware that an accident occurred.
What are your injuries? If you are hurt in the least, it is important to find medical attention as fast as possible. If you don’t use an ambulance, have a friend or family member make sure you get to the hospital or your private doctor. Many times, injuries will not be noticeable at first. This could be an adrenaline rush, or simply an injury you can’t see but is getting worse and worse as time progresses, so make sure a doctor has an opportunity to determine what care you may need for potential injuries.
Do you need rehabilitation? Many times, muscle strains, tears, or ligament damage are not noticeable until your body has had a chance to rest and recognize the injuries. It is important to seek physical therapy to repair this damage, and this could take many months of rehabilitation.
Finally, make sure that your legal rights are protected if you are going to file an insurance claim for your personal injuries or damages. Do not sign or accept any payments when an insurance company calls you until after you have had a chance to meet with your lawyer. Your lawyer can help you determine and make an informed decision about compensation for your damages, personal injuries, lost wages, or even pain and suffering.
If you would like a free consultation after being injured in a motor vehicle accident, call Eric Ray today. Eric has over 15 years of experience representing people all over Mississippi for injuries caused in a car wreck, whether it’s a case of whiplash or a catastrophic and permanent injury. Protect your legal rights first!
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