The aftermath of a
car accident can be confusing and hectic in the best of conditions. To make matters
even more stressful, you need to be aware that everything you do and say
will have an effect on the future of your insurance claim or any
personal injury lawsuits you create later. Out of everything you need and can do after
a car accident, staying calm is up on the list of importance.
When you are calm, you are thinking clearly and ready to handle any trouble
that comes your way. In terms of a car accident, this means knowing that
you first need to check on everyone to ensure there are no serious injuries.
Health and safety is paramount.
If someone is injured, you should call the authorities at once. Even something
that feels minor at the time – like a subtle headache or back pain
– could be indicative of a greater, underlying injury, such as whiplash.
When the police arrive, ask them to give you a copy of any accident reports
they create. If you are the one in need of medical attention, ask the
paramedics or hospital staff for a copy of the medical records they create.
Don’t forget to take photographs and talk to witnesses, too. Sometimes
pictures and personal stories are enough to sway insurance adjusters,
or the court, to see things your way. Lastly, team up with a personal
injury lawyer as soon as you can, usually even before you report the accident;
you don’t want to say the wrong thing and put blame onto yourself.
The Law Offices of Thomas E. Rockett has helped clients all around Orange
County. If you need an Irvine car accident attorney for your case, call
714.701.8182 today for a
free case evaluation.