What To Do After a Car Accident – Free Tips From the Law Offices of Max G. Arnold
Car Accidents Will Happen
Car accidents are still a leading cause of death and injury in the United States. They are so common, in fact, that many people tend to brush them off as mere incidents in life. What we tend to forget, on the other hand, is that even a “minor” accident can cause serious, debilitating injuries.
Injuries Affect Your Ability to Deal with the Insurance Companies
Whether it’s a rear-end, head-on, or T-bone, a car accident can do great damage to our bodies. Concussions, fractures of the spine, and major strains from whiplash are very common injuries suffered during these types of accidents. What’s worse is that the trauma of a car accident often leaves the victim in a fog, which interferes with their cognition and judgment. Insurance companies know this, and will often try to get a statement from victims who are still reeling in the aftermath of a major accident. People who are impaired are easier to take advantage of, and it’s a safe bet that any statements obtained by an insurance company will be used to deny fair payment of an injury claim.
- First, read our Dealing with Insurance Companies Walkthrough.
- Document damage to the involved vehicles as soon as possible. This will protect you against claims from the insurance company that the accident wasn’t severe enough to cause injury.
- Don’t play tough: if you’re hurt, go to a medical professional, and make sure to fully disclose all your symptoms. The content of your medical records plays a large role in your injury claim, and you want to be sure that everything is documented by independent evidence as quickly as possible.
- Take pictures of any bruises, cuts, and/or lumps you may get from the accident. If you don’t, the insurance company may try denying that you ever had them.
- Try to get the name, address, and phone number of the person that hits you. You may need that information later to serve a lawsuit.
- Make sure to get the other party’s insurance information at the scene of the accident. You’re going to need it when you make a claim, and California law gives you the right to demand that information right after the accident happens. It might be difficult to get at a later time.
- Don’t “be nice” to the other person by agreeing not to contact the police; if you feel that you need the help of law enforcement, call them immediately, and insist that the other person remain at the scene of the accident.
- If you take your car to an auto body shop, remember to ask them about the possibility of frame damage.
- Keep track of the aches, pains, and symptoms you may have, and when you noticed them.
- Keep in mind that your doctor might write down anything you say, even if it’s just an offhand comment.
- Seek appropriate medical attention right away, and follow your doctor’s advice to help yourself recover from your injuries as quickly as possible.
- Notify your insurance provider that you have been in an accident. Never talk to anyone who contacts you from the other driver’s insurance company.
- Hire an attorney Max G. Arnold to protect and represent your interests immediately!
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