4 Tips After A Car Collision
If you’ve been in a car accident before, you know that for at least a few minutes after the collision, your mind is racing. One second you are driving as usual, and the next you are stopped, contacting police, and exchanging insurance information.
Because being involved in a car accident is so unexpected and stressful, people often act without thinking. Avoid these common mistakes that drivers make after a car accident.
1. Take Pictures
Pictures can be extremely beneficial for your personal injury case and provide context for your injuries. Memories fade, but pictures can keep the details of the accident clear.
When possible, take pictures of:
- The other driver’s car details (make, model, license plate)
- The other driver’s insurance information
- Any damage to your vehicle
- Any visible injuries you have sustained
- The scene and damage at different perspectives
2. Take Care Of Yourself
You may not be aware of any injuries immediately after the accident, but that doesn’t mean you aren’t injured. Many common car accident injuries are not immediately felt or visible.
This could include:
- Internal bleeding
- Brain injury
- Back pain
At the scene, you can say that you don’t need immediate medical attention - but it’s a good idea to see a doctor before making any firm statements about your injuries after an accident.
3. Don’t Post Online
It’s best to keep everything about the car accident offline. Insurance adjusters can use social media photos or posts in an attempt to weaken your case. In order to protect yourself, it is best to disable your accounts until the claim is settled.
4. Contact an Attorney
Hiring an attorney is one of the most important things to do after a car accident. A personal injury attorney has the experience needed to get you the compensation you deserve.
Your attorney can:
- Be a strong advocate for you
- Provide legal expertise and guidance
- Collect evidence
- Communicate with the insurance companies