A car accident can be a disorienting experience. It can be easy to miss the warning signs of injuries in the moment, or even the days after the incident. But it’s important to make sure that you aren’t overlooking the effects of your car crash. For the sake of your health and for the sake of protecting your rights, here are a few steps to take.
Document the Accident
Many people know the protocol for responding to an accident. It is less likely that you will take a small fender bender as seriously. However, you should always exchange insurance and contact information with the other driver, or drivers, involved and make sure to take pictures of all the cars. To some people, it might sound overly cautious, especially if there is no signs of damage on any of the cars. If it turns out that what you thought was only a harmless fender bender led to an injury, you will regret just driving away without taking the proper steps. By contrast, you will also be protecting yourself if the other driver decides to sue you.
See a Doctor
Even if you feel fine, it is important to closely monitor your health after a car crash. Often the jolt of adrenaline from experiencing a traumatic incident will cover any initial pain from injury. Because this is the body’s natural response, you may feel completely fine until the excitement has died down. If you don’t wait for any symptoms of injury to emerge, then you could settle with the insurance company too early. Some serious injuries that can come out of smaller car crashes include concussions and whiplash. Whether or not you are sure if you are experiencing symptoms, your doctor will be able to detect any tissue damage from a car crash.
Be Careful with Insurance
All insurance companies will want to avoid their customers getting involved in a lawsuit. These companies will use a few tactics to do so, by downplaying the accident or suggesting that you were partially at fault. But, no matter what the insurance company said, you should always avoid settling with them until you know for sure that you haven’t received any injuries. Talking to a lawyer will give you clarity on how to proceed if you’re not sure whether to sue.
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