The first moments after a car accident can be the most vital. It can be difficult to get a grasp of everything that happened through the chaos and adrenaline. Even if you feel alright, you want to do your best to prepare for a legal situation in case you discover later that you were injured. Here are some things you should keep in mind in case you are ever in a car accident.
Take it Seriously
Whether it was a small fender-bender or a major collision, it’s important to know the proper protocol after a car accident. That includes exchanging insurance information with the other person involved in the accident and taking pictures of each other’s cars. It might seem like you’re taking too many precautions in some situations, but it’s better to have the information. Not only are you equipping yourself in case you discover injuries later that you deserve compensation from, but you will also have the evidence in case the other driver tries to sue or scam you by exaggerating the details of the accident.
Always Visit a Doctor
In many cases, when a car accident occurs, you might not feel any pain right away. But the reason for this is that your body could have gone into shock or reacted in a fight-or-flight response that caused a surge of adrenaline which numbed the pain. At the very least, you should see a doctor no later than a day or two after the accident. Surprisingly, there are serious injuries like whiplash, concussions, and spine damage, that can come from even small collisions. If you can’t see the doctor right away, then make sure to document your health in the meantime. Make note of when and where you start to feel pain, because this is helpful information to give the doctor.
How to Handle Insurance
Although insurance companies appear very helpful, their main goal is to pay out as little money as possible. You need to be aware of this and avoid any traps they might set. Most insurance companies will try to get you to settle for a small amount, even if you were injured. They will make excuses to underrate the other person’s involvement in the accident, or try to convince you that your were partially to blame. Sometimes it’s better to stop and think about whether you need to seek out a personal injury lawyer.
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