The 5 Most Important Things to Do After an Accident
Being involved in an accident can be a frightening, disorienting experience. However, the choices that accident victims make in the aftermath of an accident can have serious consequences for their future. Therefore, it is important to know the steps you need to take in order to be able to effectively preserve your legal rights and options to the fullest extent possible.
While this isn’t an exhaustive list of everything you should do after being involved in an accident, the following five steps can help you immensely in the wake of an accident:
- Visit a doctor – this is important if you suffer any but the most minor injuries. Seeking medical care will both help you to recover from your injuries properly and allow you to document your injuries in case legal action becomes necessary.
- Document everything – to the fullest extent possible, it is important to document whatever you can regarding the accident. Witness testimony, visual evidence, and any other forms of documentation, such as medical records, can help to establish your case more effectively.
- Keep a file – documented evidence is only as useful as your ability to access it. Keep every piece of information relating to your accident together so that you can be sure to know where it is if it becomes necessary to make reference to it.
- Don’t talk to the other side’s insurance company – in many circumstances, the insurance company representing the person or group responsible for the accident may want to talk to accident victims about the case. However, in many cases, insurance companies are merely attempting to get injury victims to make statements which may compromise their case.
- Consult with an attorney – the surest way to protect your legal rights and options after being involved in an accident is to consult with an attorney and begin developing a legal strategy for your situation.
If you have been involved in an accident, please contact a lawyer from the Chris Mayo Law Firm today by calling us at (210) 999-9999 to learn more about what we can do to help you through this situation.