Frequently Asked Car Crash Questions
In the midst of a traumatic car accident, victims are rarely thinking about how to protect legal claims. Here are some of the questions most often asked by clients in the hours and days following a car crash.
1. Seek Medical Attention
You should seek medical care if you feel any pain or discomfort. Muscle and tendon injuries often do not fully surface for hours or even days after the accident. Get medical attention as soon as you experience symptoms.
2. Report the Crash
First, if you are able, call 911 to report the crash.
3. Tell Your Side of the Story
When law enforcement officials arrive, let them know what happened.
4. Follow Doctor’s Recommendations
You should also carefully follow your doctor’s instructions. The obvious reason is so that you will make the best recovery possible, but following doctor’s orders also goes far to support your claim for compensation should you decide to bring one. Failure to follow doctors orders will come back to haunt you when the insurance company points out that the extent of your injuries is your own fault and would not be so bad if you had only done what your doctor told you.
5. Other Helpful Tips
- Take photos of the vehicles and the setting. If there are markings on the road, get those.
- Be sure no one leaves the scene until the police arrive.
- If someone insists on leaving, get contact information and the insurance company name and policy number.
- If there were witnesses, get their contact information. The police often note the name of an eyewitness, but rarely include contact information on the crash report.