Immediately after an auto accident, it’s normal to be confused, frightened, and unsure of what to do next. Unfortunately, the actions you take while dealing with the shock of the collision can have a dramatic impact on your ability to file an injury claim later, so it’s important to stay focused. Taking the steps below will help protect your rights and ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.
3 Steps to Take After an Auto Accident
1. Don’t Apologize
While you should check on the occupants of the other vehicle and ask them if they’re injured, avoid apologizing for the accident, no matter how angry the other driver appears. While apologizing might feel natural regardless of the circumstances, their insurance company may take these statements as an admission of fault and use them as grounds to dismiss your injury claim. In general, it’s best to exchange insurance information without discussing the causes of the accident.
2. Collect Evidence from the Scene
Any evidence you can collect from the scene can help establish liability for your injuries and prove what actually happened. If you’re physically able, take pictures of the damage to both vehicles, including some shots that show the final positions of each car. You should also try to collect the names and contact information of anyone who witnessed the crash, including a brief description of what they saw.
3. Seek Medical Attention
Auto accident injuries sometimes take hours or even days to fully develop, so see a doctor immediately even if you don’t seem to be seriously hurt. The medical records they produce can help link your injuries to the accident, and starting treatment early can keep your condition from worsening.
If you’ve been involved in an auto accident, having an attorney handle your injury claim is the best way to ensure you’re fully compensated for your losses. With over 20 years’ experience and a reputation for excellence, the attorneys at Stine & Associates, P.C. in Greensburg, PA, have represented accident victims throughout Western and Central Pennsylvania, offering compassionate service with no fees unless they win. Visit their website to see how they can help, and call (724) 837-0160 to discuss your injury claim with a member of their team today.