What to Do After a Car Accident in PA & NJ
Steps to Take Following a Motor Vehicle Accident (Including Truck Crashes and Motorcycle Crashes)
When you’re involved in an automobile accident — and especially if you suffer injury — you may consider talking to car, motorcycle or truck crash lawyers in Doylestown and taking legal action. Collisions are nearly impossible to anticipate, and when an accident could have been prevented, its effects are especially shocking.
Dealing with an auto accident can be complicated and time consuming. But by taking certain key steps following a collision, you can protect yourself legally and maximize your options if you decide to pursue a case.
In the Immediate Aftermath
When an accident has just occurred, assuming you are not seriously hurt and can safely exit your vehicle, your first concern should be to secure the scene. This is the best way to ensure your safety as well as the safety of anyone else involved.
Check on the other driver(s) and passengers, and make sure to exchange contact, license and insurance information. Collect contact information from any witnesses, passengers or bystanders as well.
Next, document the accident scene to your best ability. Take photographs and/or video footage of the vehicles and their damage, as well as of any markings on the ground. If the accident is serious, report it to the police.
If anyone else shows up at the scene of the accident, such as an insurance adjuster, refuse to sign any documents or statements without first reviewing them with your accident attorney.
Tend to Injuries
Most serious injuries are obvious at the time of the accident. If you or another driver or passenger has been seriously injured, call an ambulance.
Even if you walk away from the accident, make sure to visit a doctor as soon as possible, as there are certain injuries that could go undetected without examination by a professional or could worsen unexpectedly.
In the days and weeks following your car collision, truck accident or motorcycle crash in Newtown or Trenton, you should try to accomplish the following:
- Report the accident to your insurance company. Your policy should dictate the exact window of time you have in which to report.
- Keep detailed records of all paperwork relating to your accident and any injuries you suffered. Your file should include vehicle repair receipts, hospital bills, medical documents, a log of and time missed from work due to recovery and any other pertinent information.
- Consult with a lawyer from Kardos, Rickles, Hand & Bidlingmaier if you’re thinking about filing a personal injury claim. If your accident resulted from negligence, an attorney can help you obtain fair compensation.
Supporting Motor Vehicle Accident Victims in Newtown, PA and Trenton, NJ
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