A car accident can leave you shaken and dazed for hours or days. However, during this time, it’s imperative to take the proper steps for legal protection. Here are a few tips for navigating the moments after an accident and safeguarding your rights with the help of a personal injury attorney.
3 Steps to Take After a Car Accident
1. Preserve the Scene
If possible, pull to the side of the road and call the police, even if there were no serious injuries or vehicle damage. While you wait, preserve the accident scene as much as possible. Put on hazard lights or set up flares. Wait with your car, don't disturb the scene, and take photos of any vehicle damage and injuries you suffered. When the police arrive, tell them what happened—but be careful not to assign blame or assume responsibility—and request a copy of the police report.
2. Seek Medical Help
You should get examined by a medical professional after a car accident. Even if you don't think you were severely injured, getting the all-clear from a healthcare provider is a smart precaution to take. Many injuries don't show up until hours or even days after an accident. These can range from painful soft-tissue damage like whiplash to serious, life-threatening traumatic brain injuries. Visit a doctor, discuss all symptoms in detail, and request a copy of your medical records.
3. Seek Legal Advice
After reporting the accident to your insurer, it's time to seek advice from a personal injury attorney. They’ll handle the legal aspects of your claim so you can focus on recovery and not get overwhelmed by the processes, procedures, and paperwork of the justice system. A personal injury attorney will communicate with insurers and the other drivers involved in the accident. The lawyer will compile evidence that strengthens your claim and negotiate as necessary to get you the highest settlement possible. Though most claims are resolved through settlement, they’ll also represent you if the case goes to trial.
If you've been in a car accident, reach out to a personal injury attorney at The Law Offices of Conti, Levy & Salerno, LLC in Torrington, CT. Serving Litchfield County, they have more than 75 years of combined legal experience. They offer representation in several practice areas, including personal and work injuries, family law issues, criminal defenses, and civil litigation cases. Call them at (860) 482-4451 or visit them online to schedule a consultation.