If you get into an auto collision, you need to know the steps to take next to keep yourself safe and to protect yourself against financial losses. Fortunately, the things you need to do next are fairly straightforward.
To start with, it’s important for you to know these five steps, which can get you the help you need and in contact with professionals who can handle your case. Here are the steps you can take immediately following a crash.
- Call 911
Some people avoid calling 911 because they think the crash isn’t serious enough or that they can handle it on their own. Avoid doing this, because you do want to have a record of the crash in case your injuries develop over the next day or two. Call 911, and have the police come to the scene.
- Collect evidence and details about the crash
The next thing to do, if you’re able, is to collect details and evidence to help your case. Getting information about witnesses or the other driver will help your attorney get in touch later. You may want to ask for the other party’s insurance or take photos of the scene.
- Go to the hospital when asked
If the emergency team tells you that they can take you to the emergency room, go with them. Even if you’re not sure if you’re hurt, you should go to have an examination. You could have injuries that haven’t become apparent yet, called delayed onset injuries, which could benefit from early treatment.
- Keep documents from the hospital
Keep your medical records, diagnoses and other documents from the hospital with all the other details about the crash. Doing this will help your attorney when it comes to file your personal injury claim.
- Get in touch with your attorney
Now, after you’re medically stable and in recovery, it’s time to look into getting legal support. Your attorney can help start the claims process and negotiate on your behalf, so you can focus on your recovery.
These five steps will help you collect the information you need to make a claim and get compensated for what you’ve been through. Remember them, so you can build up a solid case.