If you or a loved one have been injured in an auto accident, it is important to make good decisions from the start to protect yourself and your family.
Seek Medical Attention Right Away
Even if you don’t feel the need for an ambulance immediately following an accident, it is a good idea to contact a qualified medical professional as quickly as possible. Many people incur internal injuries as a result of an accident. Others discover scars and bruises hours and sometimes days after an automobile accident. Many others experience severe pain, muscle spasms and other medical issues days after a motor vehicle collision.
Use Your Cellular Phone or Digital Camera
Immediately following an accident it is a good idea to use your cellular phone or digital camera to take pictures of your car, your injuries and even the surroundings. The pictures will be very helpful when trying to convince an insurance company or jury that you should be compensated for the negligence of another driver.
Identify all potential witnesses
Insurance companies have emergency response teams and investigators working hard to get favorable statements to help reduce your recovery. It is important to gather the names and contact information of each witness to the accident so our attorneys and investigators can speak to those witnesses as soon as possible.
Make Detailed Notes
Many people are surprised to learn that as time passes they have a hard time remembering important details about how accidents and tragic events occurred. This is nothing to be ashamed of. It is human nature. To maximize your recovery, keep a journal of your injuries, doctor appointments, days missed from work and out of pocket expenses related to your accident.
Contact Law Enforcement
If law enforcement personnel does not respond immediately to the accident scene, call the local police department to report the accident. Be sure to have the other driver’s license plate number, description of the other driver’s vehicle and a description of the person.
Do Not Give a Statement to the Other Driver’s Insurance Company.
While it may seem logical to tell the insurance company of the other driver what happened, the insurance company has one goal in mind. That is to settle your case for as little as possible. The insurance adjusters are trained professionals and they are usually working from a script created by the insurance company lawyers. Every word you say will be recorded by the insurance company and used to minimize your recovery.
Call The Washington Firm
Our attorneys, paralegals, support staff and investigators have the training and experience to recover every dollar you are entitled to for damages to your vehicle, lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering. Call us today 1-888-98-WFIRM/1-888-989-3476