What Should I Do After a Vehicle Accident?

You should always seek medical attention as soon as possible after a vehicle accident. There are many types of injuries that may not materialize right away. Delayed accident injuries, such as internal bleeding, can be fatal if left untreated.

Also, it is important that a medical professional document your pain and suffering soon after the accident so the insurance company is not able to claim that the injury was caused by something other than the accident. You are establishing a record of your injuries by seeking medical attention after a crash. Medical records are useful when negotiating a settlement or seeking a jury verdict.

Evidence can quickly disappear after an accident, even within hours or days. For example, there might be an important eyewitness that could provide evidence that the other driver was at fault. There could also be important video surveillance footage of the accident. You should contact an attorney right away, as he or she can help preserve evidence that may be crucial to your claim.

One thing you should not do after a crash is talk to the other party’s insurance adjuster. Save this task for an attorney who has experience handling claims with insurance companies.