After a Car Accident
A car accident can produce significant stress depending on the circumstances, making it difficult to impossible to think clearly and respond appropriately. If your vehicle is struck by another driver, the first thing you should do is call the police and ask for a paramedic. Injuries can occur from minor fender benders and it’s important to have medical experts evaluate your condition, especially if you need to file a personal injury claim.
While you are being seen by the paramedics, the police will review the circumstances and conditions surrounding the car accident. They will draft an official report that outlines information such as the location of the accident, the road conditions, and other variables that could have contributed to the collision. Their report will also indicate who the officer believes is at-fault or liable for the accident.
You can use the medical and police reports in court to justify your injuries, as well as the compensation you are looking for.
If possible, try to collect the contact information, driver’s license number, and the insurance information of all other drivers involved. If there are witnesses who saw the accident take place, ask for their contact information as well. Although the police will likely take pictures of the accident scene, you should also try to capture images on your smart phone that demonstrate the road conditions at the time of the collision, the damage your vehicle sustained, and any obvious trauma you’ve experienced such as bruises or lacerations.
If you should speak with the other drivers involved or their insurance providers, make sure to remain mindful of what you say and do not offer anything that can be misconstrued as an admission of guilt. If you are questioned by anyone, you are allowed to refer them to the Atlanta personal injury attorney you’ve obtained through Fast Help.