I have been in a motor vehicle accident, what do I do now?
Most people have never been in an accident and are unaware of their options following a collision. This article will go over the steps each person should take following their involvement in a motor vehicle accident.
Step One: Report the incident to the authorities.
The most important thing to do following a motor vehicle accident is to report it to the authorities. Even if you do not believe anyone was seriously injured or there was any wrongdoing, the authorities will be able to determine how the crash happened, tend to any medical emergencies that may arise, and provide an unbiased third-party to the incident. If no authorities are called and a question of liability or fault arises, it will be tough to prove who truly caused the collision.
Step Two: Seek medical attention if needed.
After a motor vehicle accident, most people have adrenaline and natural pain suppressors that their body has released into their system. This is your body’s natural defense when you have been involved in a traumatic event. However, this can make it difficult to determine whether or not you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident. Emergency personnel will usually be called to the scene, and it is your best option to be checked out by those personnel to make sure you have not suffered any injuries. If after you have been checked out, you still feel pain, follow up with the emergency room, urgent care, or primary care physician to be further evaluated.
Step Three: Report the incident to your car insurance carrier.
Once you have been released from medical care, you should report the incident to your car insurance company and make them aware of the incident. They can begin the process of getting your car fixed and contacting the other driver’s car insurance. A property damage claim will be set up to get your car repaired and sometimes this will be easier to process through your own insurance.
Step Four: Contact an attorney.
Insurance companies are never “on your side” and you’re never dealing with a “good neighbor.” Insurance companies strive to pay out the least amount for each and every claim because, at the end of the day, they are a business. In a personal injury claim, you are entitled to be compensated for various damages you incurred following the motor vehicle accident. Most insurance companies will not tell you that you are entitled to all of these damages and instead will offer to pay a fraction of what you are truly entitled to. This is why we encourage each person who has been injured following a motor vehicle accident to contact an attorney. An attorney can help guide you throughout the process of pursuing your personal injury claim.
At Jetton & Meredith, we have attorneys who practice in the field of personal injury law and have helped hundreds of clients secure a settlement or jury award to help cover their losses following their motor vehicle accident. If you have been injured due to a motor vehicle accident, contact our office and schedule your free consultation. In this consultation, our lawyers will go over all the damages you may be entitled to and how you can protect those rights.