Car accidents can cause devastating injuries. If you were injured in a car accident and the other driver was at fault, you may be able to obtain compensation from the negligent driver’s insurance company. However, their insurance company will want to limit your compensation. Take the proper steps to preserve your claim and get the compensation you deserve.
Steps To Take After A Car Accident
First and foremost, make sure everyone is safe. Contact the police. If there is a chance that someone is injured, make sure they get medical attention and inform 911 when you call that an ambulance is requested. At the time of the accident, if you can, you should collect the following information:
- Take photographs of any damages to the cars.
- Take photographs of any physical injuries you sustained.
- Get witness statements or contact information for any witnesses to the accident.
- Exchange insurance information with the driver of the other car.
- Notify your insurance company of the accident.
If you cannot obtain the above information due to your physical injuries, you can obtain information later. Also, it would be best if you continued to gather evidence after the accident, including:
- Medical records, including hospital, doctor, and therapy records. Medical bills, including co-pays and other out-of-pocket costs. Receipts for medical equipment, i.e., shower chair, walker, etc. Documentation of lost wages, if any.
- Obtain a copy of the police report.
- Keep a journal of your treatment and injuries. Also, note the changes in your routine and how the accident has impacted your daily life.
- Continue treatment per doctor’s orders. If therapy is ordered, complete the recommended course of therapy sessions. If you are not compliant with doctor orders, your claims may be discredited.
Actions To Avoid After An Accident
After the accident, not only should you take the above steps, but you should also avoid the below activities:
Limit Statements About The Accident
The other driver’s insurance company may call you and ask you for a report of what occurred. The insurance company will want to limit damages and may ask questions directed to limit their liability to you. It is essential to speak with Dozier Law’s car accident attorneys before giving a statement to the other driver’s insurance company. Some statements can be perceived as admitting fault or negligence.
Limit Posts On Social Media
If you are alleging injuries from a car accident, you should not be seen on social media having the time of your life. For example, if you have injured your ankle in a car accident, posts of a subsequent skiing trip will negatively impact your case. Be smart. Everyone can see social media posts. Posts can be used against you to discredit your injuries.
Be Aware Of Private Investigators
Like any insurance claim, your alleged injuries will need to be confirmed. If there are inconsistencies in your alleged injuries, a private investigator may surveil you to confirm that what you claim is actually true. For example, if you claim shoulder and back injuries that limit you, you should not be seen carrying heavy bags into your home.
It is important to know what steps to take and what to stay away from after an auto accident. If you have been involved in an accident and sustained injuries, contact Dozier Law’s car accident lawyers by calling (888) 239-2129 or contacting us online right away so that we can assist you with your claim. We will know what documentation and evidence you will need to get the full amount of compensation you are entitled to for your injuries.