What If I Didn’t Follow the Correct Steps After My Car Accident?

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  • If you were involved in a car accident, you may feel relatively shaken from the trauma. Additionally, you may be hurt. If you did not follow the correct steps after a car accident, don't worry – it can happen to anyone. There are some things you can do now to help diminish the damages that may have been caused by these errors. An experienced car accident attorney will often be helpful in resolving issues that will put your case back on track. Here are some additional steps you can take.

    Do Not Speak to the Insurance Company

    If you have already talked to the insurance company you may have said something that may be used against you later. Instead of talking further to the insurance representative, a better choice is to speak with a qualified attorney. Your lawyer will take over all communication with these companies on your behalf. Also keep in mind that if you sign and cash a check it may make it more difficult to seek further damages.

    Take Pictures

    You may have forgotten to take photos of the vehicles at the time of the accident. While this is helpful, it isn't always necessary to prove your damages. You can take photos of your vehicle now, showing the exact areas of damage. Additionally, you can return to the location of the accident to take pictures that show circumstances similar to when the accident occurred. If the accident was a serious one, your attorney may utilize an accident reconstructionspecialist to prove how the accident occurred.

    File a Police Report

    All too often the parties involved in an accident fail to call the police. If the police were not called at the time of the accident you should go to the police station and have a police report completed. Even though it is after the fact, it is important to have a legal record of the accident on file with law enforcement. If a report was filed request a copy of it and check it for accuracy.

    Get Medical Treatment

    Many people are so shaken up immediately after an accident that they refuse medical treatment. It may not be until later that day, or even in the next day or two, that you notice you are injured. Some types of injuries do not show up right away. However, it is essential to visit a medical facility shortly after an accident. If you failed to do so right away you should seek medical attention and be sure to retain copies of medical reports and bills.

    Save Everything

    It is essential to save everything that pertains to your accident, even if you think it is minor. Receipts for any bills paid, copies of work timesheets, and estimates of damage are all necessary for your case. Take notes about the dates and times that you spoke to people about the accident, along with a summary of the conversation.

    Speak With a Car Accident Attorney

    Any time you have been involved in an accident that was not your fault it is helpful to speak with an attorney who specializes in car accident cases. Your lawyer will be able to answer your questions and help guide you through the process. Remember that if you are the victim of an accident you may be entitled to collect any out of pocket expenses and damages as a result. Damages may include such things as medical costs, lost wages, property damages, and legal fees. The law typically limits the time to file a claim to two years, so it is best to talk to an attorney as soon as possible.

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