When you are in a car accident, you might feel overwhelmed and unsure of what to do. Car accidents can be terrifying and potentially lead to life-long impairments and significant bills. If you are injured or your car is damaged, you might also find yourself facing the prospect of filing an insurance claim.
After any car accident, it is important that you take the follow steps. These steps not only put your health and safety at risk, but they lay the groundwork you will need for a successful personal injury claim if you decide to file one.
If it is safe to exit your car, check on all other parties involved in the accident. If anybody appears to need emergency medical attention, dial 911 immediately to have an ambulance sent to the scene.
The next step is to have the police come to the scene and fill out a police report. When the officer comes, note his or her name and badge number. Also ask for a copy of the police report – you will need these when you file your personal injury claim.
Take as many photos as you feel necessary to create a vivid picture of the accident. Photograph the surroundings, your injury, and any damage to either vehicle and other objects.
Note each party’s name and contact information. This, too, will play a role in your personal injury claim. Share your contact information with the other party as well, and do not forget to exchange insurance information, including your insurance provider’s contact information and your policy number. Do not leave the scene without this valuable information.
After leaving the scene of your accident, be sure to seek medical attention as soon as possible. You will need not to document all interactions between yourself and your health care providers to support your claim.
After you have received medical attention for your injury, contact an experienced attorney to discuss the next steps for your personal injury claim. He or she will discuss your legal options and guide you through the next steps of filing and pursuing your claim.
The Law Office of Eric B. Hannum Esq., LLC. is here to help you with your personal injury claim. Contact our firm on the web or at (732) 365-3299 to schedule your initial legal consultation with our firm. We proudly serve Ocean, Monmouth, Burlington, and Mercer counties. Do not wait to begin working with us – call our firm today.