What Should You Do After Being Involved In A Traffic Accident?
After a serious accident, it can be difficult to think clearly about what steps to take next. Whether you have just been in a car crash yourself or need to tell your child or spouse what to do after a traffic accident, here are three things to remember.
1. Call the police, but also gather information and photos yourself.
You should always call the police after an accident if they are not already on the scene. It is important to have a police record of the accident, and they can also help make sure the scene is safe and you get the medical attention you need.
Remember, however, that law enforcement officers might not always fully capture the extent of the damage. If you are able to, take your own pictures of your vehicle and other vehicles involved. You should also make sure you get the name, phone number and insurance information of other drivers involved in the accident. If there are any witnesses, ask for their contact information as well.
2. See a doctor, even if you are not sure whether you have been hurt.
In the shock after an accident, it may be hard to tell how seriously you have been injured. Symptoms of whiplash and other injuries may not show up immediately. You should always see a doctor after a car accident to make sure you receive the medical attention you need. If you end up pursuing a personal injury claim, you will need a doctor’s evaluation as well.
3. Talk to an attorney before you discuss a settlement with your insurer.
Especially after a serious accident, you should talk to a lawyer about your best options for proceeding. At Russell & Ireland Law Group, LLC, we help ensure that seriously injured people receive the full compensation to which they are entitled. This may include not just compensation for damages to your car and medical costs but also pain and suffering, lost wages during your recovery and other damages.
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If you or a family member has been hurt in a serious traffic accident, please call our Covington office at 859-535-0180 or send us an email to schedule a consultation with a lawyer. We represent clients in the Greater Cincinnati area and throughout Northern Kentucky.