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What Steps Should I Take after a Car Accident?

Posted by Fred Koberlein, Sr. | May 01, 2017 | 0 Comments

Being in a car accident is a traumatic experience, to say the least. You may have injuries ranging from minor aches and pains to serious conditions. Your emotions are certainly running high—anger, betrayal, confusion, fear and more. You know the other person is responsible and they should pay for your damages, but you're not sure what to do.

Taking the right steps is essential to getting maximum compensation. Discover the important steps you need to take immediately after you're in a car crash and why calling a car accident attorney should be among them.

Call First Responders

Call for first responders. This serves several purposes. First, anyone who needs medical attention will get it right away, and that's important. Second, you'll get a police report which can be helpful in backing up your story later, as well as providing contact information for any witnesses.

Check on Everyone

Make sure that everyone's okay, and ensure that anyone who's hurt even a little gets medical attention. The first concern is to keep everyone healthy and treat injuries. Don't move anyone with back pain or who is unconscious.

Exchange Relevant Info

Exchange contact information and insurance information with the other driver. This should include name, address, phone, email, driver's license number, insurance policy, license plate number and the like. Also talk to passengers and witnesses and get their contact information.

Take Photos

Take as many pictures of the scene as you can. The more angles and images you can capture, the better able you'll be to reconstruct the accident and support your version of the story when the time comes to seek damages.

What Not to Do

Never apologize for anything. Any apology you issue could be taken as an admission of guilt and could hurt your case later. Also, never sign anything without first talking to an attorney. Don't agree to any offers for settlement right away. You might be amazed how fast insurance companies jump on you to get you to sign away your rights on lowball offers.

Finally, never leave the scene of an accident until you've gotten everything squared away. Leaving the scene of an accident is a crime, and you could be charged for committing a hit and run, or face other penalties, especially if there were injuries involved.

Call Your Insurance Company

Make sure you let your insurance company know what happened within 24 hours. Be honest and straightforward about what happened. Don't embellish or omit things. Just tell them what happened as briefly and clearly as possible.

Call a Car Accident Attorney

The next step should always be to contact a car accident attorney. Collecting damages for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, lost relationships and companionship and other issues can be tricky, especially when you're dealing with insurance companies and their armies of lawyers.

For years, the experienced attorneys at Koberlein Law Offices have helped people just like you get compensated for the injuries they've suffered and regain control of their lives. Give us a call for a free case consultation today.

About the Author

Fred Koberlein, Sr.

Fred Koberlein, Sr. has experience well beyond the majority of attorneys, for your case. As a retired judge, practicing attorney, former Naval aviator (both pilot and instructor), he pledges to use his education, experience, and love for helping others to help you achieve the best possible outcome for your case.

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