To truly know what to do after an accident, you must know what to do on the scene, what to do in the hours immediately following, and even what to do in the months to come. Making sure that you take the right steps is important to your health and important to ensuring that you receive the right amount of compensation. To learn more about what you should do, keep reading. Call 855-209-3997 to get started with talking to Ryan Sargent at Sargent Law Firm in El Cajon. Keep in mind that California allows for only a two-year statute of limitations that you are able to make an injury claim.
Your Sudden Concerns After a Car Crash
Ensure that you are in a safe area and check your injuries. In the immediate event of a car crash, it is of utmost importance that the welfare and safety of the individuals involved is the main concern. Immediately after an accident has occurred, it is important to get out of the way of traffic as soon as possible. Be sure to call 911 after the accident has occurred, even if the injuries seem to be trivial or even non-existent. In certain circumstances, after an accident, an adrenaline rush could disguise an injury. You should have yourself examined by a doctor, because this could be fatal if left untreated.
Moving on with the assumption that everyone is not in danger, there are multiple post-accident steps that should be taken to preserve evidence and protect those involved in the event of an injury claim.
What Should You Do Directly After a Car Accident
It is incredibly important to make sure that you collect as many facts about the accident as possible. Everyone that was in the accident should make a comprehensive, detailed statement about all of the events that led up to the accident. From here, it’s time to take the next steps:
• Exchange contact and insurance info with everyone that was involved in the accident.
• Take pictures of the accident scene where you’re documenting every angle of the vehicle and all of the surrounding debris.
• Keep a reminder of the weather conditions, the time and day, as well as, any kind of hazards that have been near the automobile accident.
• Talk to the witnesses about what they had heard and saw during the accident. Attempt to not make any statements about who the responsible party might be.
From here on, you need to make sure that there are arrangements to remove any damaged property from the scene of the incident; the police should be able to help out here. If you were in the accident, you should contact your insurance provider about the car crash and to receive and accurate assessment of the property damage and bodily injuries.
Days, Weeks and Months after the Accident
Send in your insurance claim. Consider the possibility of a personal injury action against the individuals who are liable for the accident in the days, weeks and months after the automobile crash. Call Ryan Sargent, a El Cajon personal injury lawyer, specifically if your insurance company wants you to settles your settlement quickly. If a car crash caused you to have significantly bad injuries or a permanent disability, it’s best to have a personal injury settlement that will give you desirable results.
Organization is key. Keep a folder dedicated to your case and place any and all important documents in it (i.e., medical bills, repair estimates, receipts, etc.). Begin a pain journal where you keep good documents about the effects of the incident and any resulting injuries. To begin building your case, we’ll need these things to completely prove all of your damages.
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To figure out how to express your rights, contact Ryan Sargent at 855-209-3997.