Protecting Your Best Interests After a Car Accident
A boring and mundane commute can quickly turn into a nightmare if a driver on the road is being reckless. Suddenly, you may be in pain, your car is a wreck, and you are so disoriented you aren’t sure what to do now. Of course, always call 911 for help, so an officer can file a report and any injuries can be attended to. Your immediate reaction of shock and stress can consume your energy and every thought, causing you to do things that you may regret later on.
While at the scene of a car accident, it’s important that you are taking steps that properly protect your best interests, such as:
Reporting Your Side to Law Enforcement
A police officer is going to file a report of the accident. In this report, there will be facts about the car accident itself, it’ll be crucial that you share your side of the story with law enforcement. Then, you can get copies of this report in the days to follow at your local police station, to be shared with your insurance company and legal representative.
Getting an Exam Even If There are No Symptoms
The tricky thing about accident injuries is that symptoms can arise the next day. You may have no pain in the moments after the crash, but then find you are in substantial pain within 24-72 hours. It isn’t uncommon for car accident victims to have at least some degree of whiplash, if not other kinds of back and neck injury.
Not Admitting To or Accepting Fault Claims
The other driver and/or their insurance company may make claims that you are at fault. However, that must be proven and cannot be assumed without evidence. Even if you think you may have been partially responsible, there may have been factors you are not aware of. Let your lawyer take the lead so you can focus on injury recovery.