What To Do After A Car Accident

A motor vehicle crash can happen in the blink of an eye, and the aftermath is often chaotic. It can be difficult to know what to do after a car accident, but some basic steps can help make the subsequent claims process go much more smoothly.

Above all, remember that your well-being is important and your health takes priority over insurance issues. If you are seriously injured, seek medical attention before doing anything else. It is essential that you get the treatment you need so you can make the fullest recovery possible.

In addition to seeking medical help after a car wreck, it is wise to:

  1. Stay at the scene, unless you are severely injured. Move your vehicle out of the road and check on other drivers to make sure they are not seriously hurt.
  2. Call the police and give them a basic statement when they arrive, especially if there is property damage or anyone is injured. Keep your statements brief and factual. Try to avoid assigning blame to yourself or any other motorist. An accurate police report can be an important tool when pursuing a claim for damages.
  3. Gather the other drivers' information, including their names, contact information, car make/model and license plate, and insurance policy information. If possible, gather the names and contact information of anyone nearby who witnessed the accident.
  4. Notify your insurance company. If you have an attorney, he or she may do this for you.
  5. Do not talk to any other insurer. Doing so could compromise your ability to collect the damages to which you are entitled under the law. Speak with a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer before giving a statement to anyone besides police and your insurer.
  6. Talk to the right lawyer. Lots of personal injury attorneys may come out of the woodwork wanting to handle your case, but it is important that you choose a firm that makes you feel comfortable and confident.

For answers to common questions about car accidents, check out our Motor Vehicle Accident FAQ page.

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For experienced guidance and support after a motor vehicle accident, please contact us through our website, or call 281-407-8256 or 800-584-3973 toll free. Your first consultation is free and confidential. One of our attorneys will take the time to listen to your story and answer your questions.