Sitting at the stop light waiting for it to change, Jake and his wife were on their way to do some shopping. What happened next was completely unexpected. As the light turned green, Jake had just begun to move forward when out of nowhere, slamming into the passenger side of the car. Thankfully it appeared no one was seriously injured. However Jake’s wife did have a gash across her forehead and he was feeling pain in his neck and back. Both cars suffered moderate damage, and the other driver sustained a few minor cuts on his face.
This scenario is not uncommon, so what should some do if they are involved in a car accident or suffer from personal injury due to some other type of accident? There are several things people who have been injured whether in a car accident or other accident need to do. There are five tips every accident victim must remember.
Five Important Tips
One: It is imperative to get medical attention right away for two reasons. Sometimes injuries may not be visible on the outside, and although there are times sore muscles or bones can be minor, things like whiplash may not display symptoms immediately. Secondly having a record documenting injuries from a medical professional will be needed if and when a legal case comes of the accident.
Two: Generally when an automobile accident occurs the police are called, to the scene. This should be done regardless of how minor an accident may seem though. Make sure to file a police report right away if they are not called at the scene. This record is very important to have when going to court.
Three: Those involved in an accident in which injuries or property damage has occurred need to be careful what they say on the scene. There really is not a ‘duty’ for those involved in an accident to state whether or not they are at fault. Give only details of what happened and avoid making statements that could cause the situation to become more complicated or create conflict.
Four: Keep detailed records of all the expenses and costs created from the accident/injury. Things like medical expenses, expenses from lost wages if an injury resulted in missing work, and any costs due to property damage. Those detailed records should also include the details of the accident, something that should be done as soon as possible afterwards. Keeping notes while the incident is still fresh is important so nothing gets left out.
Five: Those who are involved in an accident of any kind should not try to settle on their own. This is especially important if there is no clear understanding of how the laws may work. The best course of action is to seek legal counsel before trying to seek compensation for medical costs or property damage. Those who try to settle without legal advice or assistance typically end up not getting the financial compensation they should have and would have gotten had they sought help.
No one wants to think about things like this happening, however, as Jake and his wife discovered, unexpected things can happen. It is always prudent to be prepared ahead of time, just in case.Read More