What are the first steps a car accident victim should take after a crash?
The immediate aftermath of a car accident and how victims react can have an impact on the process of filing and resolving a car accident claim. When a crash occurs, the first thing a victim should do is call 911. This will bring police to the scene of the accident. If there are any obvious injuries to anyone, that should also be reported in the phone call.
If the victim is physically able, the following are some steps they should take at the scene of the accident:
- Exchange contact and vehicle information with any of the involved parties.
- Obtain the names and contact info of any witnesses to the crash.
- Take photos and videos of the scene, including damage to vehicles, road conditions, landmarks, skidmarks, etc.
Once you are able to leave the scene, it is important to seek medical attention in order to ascertain what type of injuries you have suffered and to what extent.
If the victim is unable to obtain this evidence, having a trusted family member or friend obtain the info, or even someone present at the crash site, can be helpful.
The at-fault party’s insurance company has tried contacting me. Should I speak with them?
No car accident victim should ever speak with the other party’s insurance company before they consult with their own car accident attorney. The insurance adjuster will do all they can to manipulate the conversation in order to get the victim to admit some kind of liability for the crash. In fact, they are specifically trained to do so.
What other documents will I need to pursue a car accident claim?
In order to prove the details of the crash, your Lawrenceville, GA car accident lawyer will be able to use the police report that is taken at the scene of the accident. This can be especially helpful if the at-fault driver was cited or arrested for a traffic violation or other infraction.
Your medical records of the injuries you suffered and the treatments that were required. The medical bills will prove how much it cost for those treatments. Prior paystubs will show how much your wages were, which will prove the loss of income you had from being unable to work while you recovered.
What are some of the damages a victim can pursue in a car accident claim?
While each car accident case is different, there are some common damages that many victims have, including the following:
- Medical expenses, both present and future, if the victim is left with long-term or permanent health issues
- Lost wages and benefits, including future lost income if the victim is unable to work
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional anguish
- Permanent disability
- Loss of life enjoyment
- Loss of consortium
What can your firm do?
If you have been injured in a car accident, the lawyers at Norris Injury Law can help you pursue legal action against the at-fault party. We will help you obtain the damages you are entitled to for the losses you have suffered. Call our office today to schedule a free and confidential consultation with one of our skilled car accident lawyers. We will deal with the insurance company on your behalf so you can focus on your recovery.