Things You Need To Do Right Away After A Car Accident
Are you a victim of an auto accident in South Carolina? Was a loved one severely injured in a car crash? Chances are, you know from personal experience how stressful it can be when you or a family member has been involved in a car accident.
There are a number of things to do in the months after your accident, such as how to deal with insurance companies, get your medical bills paid and obtain lost wages. However, what you do on the day of the accident is very important as well.
What To Do At The Scene Of The Accident
Obviously, if a person in the accident is seriously injured, seek medical attention right away by calling 911 or go to an emergency room. If you do not feel the need for immediate medical treatment, it does not mean you will not need medical care later in the day or in the future. There are a few reasons for this:
Adrenaline will mask aches and pains that you may not notice until a few hours later, possibly not until the next day
Stress, worry or anger will also keep you from noticing details about the accident that can be very important to you later on
Long-term effects of some injuries may not appear for months, even years
This is why it is important to create a record of the details of your accident as soon as you can, maybe while you are still at the scene of the accident. Protect your rights by doing the following:
Exchange contact and insurance information with others who were involved
Jot down the names of any witnesses and responders who helped those involved
Take photos of the accident scene and the area around the scene, including any debris
Take photos of the vehicle involved and any property damage caused by the accident
Take photos of your injuries, no matter how insignificant they may appear
In The Days Following The Accident
In the first few days following your accident, keep a daily log of how you feel and, if you were injured, how the accident and your injures affect your life. Keep track of your medical appointments and the time you miss from work. If you start to notice bruising or other injuries you didn't notice before, take more photos.
Most importantly, call a Clemson car accident lawyer at Aaron & Aaron before you talk to an insurance adjuster. If an insurance company calls you directly, listen but don't talk too much. Even a seemingly innocent conversation with an adjuster can create problems for you later. Insurance companies try to settle personal injury claims as quickly and inexpensively as possible. This is not in your best interests.
With over 30 years of experience helping victims of personal injury accidents, our attorneys will help ensure that you obtain the results you need for your immediate and long-term care. We will gather the information needed to help you with your claim, deal with the insurance adjusters for you and advise you at every step of the way.
Call us toll free today at 864-271-5545 or locally in Clemson at 864-271-5545 to schedule your free initial consultation. You may also contact us online.