What Should I Do After a Car Accident?
Steps to Take to Pursue Justice for your Injuries
After sustaining an injury in a car accident that was caused by the negligence of another individual, it can be easy to allow your emotions, stress, and frustrations to hinder you from taking the necessary steps toward pursuing justice. At Bill Easterly & Associates, we understand that fighting for compensation is a long and complicated process and want to prepare you for the road ahead.
Our personal injury attorneys want to give you the information and resources you need to ensure that you can take action and protect your interests. The initial stages of seeking justice for your injuries begin immediately following a car accident, so it is essential that you know what to do next. Our team of legal professionals has more than 25 years of combined experience in personal injury law, so we know what it takes to recover the settlement you deserve.
Taking Immediate Action
The very first thing that you should do after an accident has occurred is to remain at the scene until it is appropriate to leave. Leaving the scene of the accident, regardless of fault, may result in facing criminal charges for a hit-and-run accident. While on scene, it is crucial to ensure the safety of everyone involved and seek medical attention if you or anyone else is hurt. If significant damage or injury exists, call the police to have a report filed that can be used to assess liability.
Make sure you compile all available information and evidence, especially if conflict arises concerning fault. This includes getting the names, numbers, addresses of all individuals involved as well as the license ID numbers, license plates, and insurance information of all other drivers. Furthermore, it may be beneficial to speak with any and all witnesses at the scene and ask for their information, as they may be able to provide essential testimony later on. Finally, take pictures of all property damage as proof of the severity of the accident.
Steps to Take in the Aftermath of an Accident
Once you leave the scene of the accident, it is crucial to keep track of expenses and fully assess the damage. Additionally, you may be offered a settlement by an insurance company; however, it is important that you be weary of accepting the offer. If the insurance provider or other driver is acting stubbornly or refusing to provide you with the full settlement that you deserve, it is imperative that you have an injury lawyer at your side.
Take the following steps to ensure you receive maximum compensation for your injury:
- Inform your insurance company about the accident.
- Keep track of all medical treatment that you receive.
- Request copies of any reports and bills from your medical providers.
- Record effects of injuries on your ability to function.
- Document all work missed because of your injury.
- Note any emotional effects on you and your family.
- Have independent repair companies provide estimates and quotes on property damage.
- Practice caution when speaking to the other driver’s insurance company and do not do so without the knowledge of your attorney or insurer.
Our Firm is Here to Help
Ultimately, the most important step to take after an accident is to hire an attorney who can guide you through the legal processes and mitigate any stress it may cause. At Bill Easterly & Associates, we have recovered millions of dollars on behalf of our clients, so you can trust that your case is in good hands. We can handle all negotiations and legal aspects for you, so that you can focus on recovering and moving forward from your accident. Our firm operates on a contingency fee basis, which means you don’t pay us unless we successfully win a recovery.
Schedule your free consultation online or by phone today for the legal counsel you need!