Driving a car is a significant part of our daily lives. For many, we drive to and from work, to the grocery store, to take kids to extracurricular activities, and to go on trips. With this level of driving, and the high volume of vehicles on the roads, the potential for car accidents is great. That’s why we at Long & Long Attorneys in Mobile want to remind you of the proper steps to take if you’ve been involved in a car crash.
Car wrecks can be devastating, especially if you’ve been injured. The time immediately following the accident is an important period to take stock of the situation, and of any injuries you may have, to make sure you receive the care you need and have the information necessary if you wish to pursue a lawsuit against the negligent driver. Your car may be totaled, and your mind may be overwhelmed with the situation, but taking these steps will greatly help your cause for litigation.
If you’ve been in an accident caused by another driver, you should:
Obtain names, numbers, driver’s license and insurance info from the drivers involved, as well as from any witnesses. Gather all license plate, vehicle identification number, and vehicle info you can.
Take photos of the cars, surrounding areas, and damage. These will help when showing negligence and pursuing compensation in court.
Seek Medical Attention
As soon as you can, or at the scene if there is an ambulance, seek medical care to make sure that you’re ok. A doctor’s report will verify that your injuries were caused by the accident. Some injuries don’t manifest for weeks, and waiting to get treatment can significantly hurt your chances at receiving the full compensation you deserve.
Contact the Authorities
An official police report will help your case as it can corroborate who was responsible for the accident.
Don’t Admit Anything
Because of the confusing and stressful nature of car accidents, many people will admit fault even if it was the other driver who caused the wreck. If you admit fault it can severely affect your chances at getting the full amount of compensation you’re due.
Contact your Attorney
Contacting experienced car accident attorneys right away will help you file a lawsuit and guide you through the proper steps to make sure that you receive justice and fair compensation for your suffering.