What to Do After You Have Been in an Accident

The initial impact of being hit by another driver, followed by confusion as to what just happened, coupled with concern over whether it was your fault – almost everyone is familiar with the emotions of a car accident. What most people aren’t so familiar with, however, is how to react wisely despite these emotions. Preparing yourself for the aftermath can be the difference between a favorable outcome and one that doesn’t go your way.

First things first – secure the scene.

Move your car out of the way, if possible, or just turn on your flashers. You don’t want to involve more cars than necessary and should do your best to warn people of the impending roadblock.

Obtain medical attention.

You may be concerned about getting the other driver’s information, but that can wait till after you’ve been evaluated by a medical professional. Call the police while you’re at it, because the sooner they arrive on the scene, the fresher the evidence will be.

Exchange necessary information.

The importance of doing so cannot be overestimated. Without sufficient details about the person who hit you, your chances of compensation significantly decrease. Get their name, phone and license plate number, and insurance information.

Document the accident with pictures.

Almost as important as getting the other driver’s information, pictures of the accident can really help your insurance claim. Take photos of your car, the other vehicles involved, and anything else that you think might further your cause.

Report the accident to your insurance company.

Let your insurance company know about the accident as soon as possible. Most policies require drivers to initiate immediate contact, so don’t be slow when reporting the accident. You should also inquire about benefits and coverage.

Retain an attorney.

It might be last on the list, but hiring a lawyer is critical for your insurance claim. Choose someone you know you can trust and don’t be afraid to ask for recommendations from friends. The representation of an Atlanta car accident lawyer is worth its weight in gold.

Now that you know what to do after you’ve been in a car accident, it might be time to call my firm. I can represent you throughout the claims process and ensure that your rights don’t get trampled along the way. Schedule your free consultation to get started today.

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