Personal injury claims come in many forms, but car accidents are among the most common. The added complication of car accidents is that in addition to bodily injury, there is likely serious damage to the vehicle as well. Vehicle accidents can be devastating on a physical, emotional, and financial level. The knowledge of what to do when a personal injury occurs can play a major role in helping you get your life back on track. Many people learn this the hard way. The following information will help you make informed decisions about what to do if you are involved in an auto accident.
Contacting a personal injury attorney immediately following the accident is important for many reasons. One of the most important of those reasons is to be able to share details of the accident before you begin to forget. Immediately following any kind of accident or injury, details will slowly begin to get fuzzy. The sooner you can share them, the better off you will be. It is a good idea to write down every detail you can think of (even if it seems insignificant) until you have a chance to speak with an attorney. Taking photos of the incident is another helpful way to preserve details and provide evidence. Considering that most people have access to a smartphone with a built-in camera, taking pictures should be relatively easy. Cameras can be used to photograph damage to the vehicle and visible injuries to your person.
Delaying the process of getting medical treatment, reporting the accident to authorities, or requesting police reports can be severely detrimental to your case. Don’t make this common mistake. If you’ve been injured in an auto accident, seek immediate medical treatment. If you are unable to contact the authorities and an attorney on your own, a loved one can do so on your behalf.
Vehicle accidents can cause more than physical pain. Many people are overwhelmed by the paperwork, insurance company and service-center calls, and the growing pile of medical bills. It may seem easier to simply accept the settlement offered to you and move on. However, by settling you may be throwing away a lot more than you think. A skilled personal injury attorney can help shoulder the burden of the process, and help you get the compensation you deserve.
Following a personal injury, you have a right to the support (medical, financial, and emotional) that you need. Auto accident cases can be lengthy and complicated, but a knowledgeable, compassionate attorney will be your best advocate throughout the process and will support you from start to finish. At the law offices of Kevin J. Roach, we have obtained compensation for countless personal injury clients. If you have been injured in an accident, our legal team can help. Contact us today for a free consultation.