A car accident is an unforeseen occurrence that you never expect to happen until it does. How you handle events after a crash can make all the difference in the final outcome. Here are few sensible suggestions to bear in mind if you ever find yourself in such a scenario.
Emotions can run high after a collision, but keeping your wits about will help while gathering all the vital information you’ll need to acquire in a short amount of time.
You will want to exchange information with the other drivers involved. Get their names, addresses, phone numbers, licence information, insurance company name and policy number. Also look for, and obtain contact information from other witnesses.
Make sure to take some time to inspect the accident scene. Take photographs of the incident with your phone, including the damage to the cars, position of vehicles and road conditions.
Finding out where you stand with your insurance company is a good idea. Complications can sometimes arise, especially if there’s a grey area as to who is at fault.
If you’re left pointing fingers, it may be time to seek out professional advice. A personal injury lawyer can have a sense of where you stand, how to negotiate your case with an insurance company, and if necessary, how to take your case to trial.
Seek out medical attention. While it’s tempting to delay a doctor’s visit until you’ve had a chance to see for yourself if you feel any worse for wear, there’s a chance you may have sustained underlining injuries. A full medical exam will provide you with peace of mind, as well as documentation of your physical condition if pains persist.
Following the advice of your doctor in a timely manner is paramount to your recovery process. Recommend assessments or treatments such as physiotherapy or chiropractic treatments aren’t always covered. You should speak with your employer in regards to coverage or extended medical benefits as short or long-term disability.
Further down the track, you will need to consider if you have completely recovered from the accident. If the answer is ‘no’ then it may be too early to settle.