Important Steps To Take After An Accident
After a car accident anywhere in Georgia, there are a number of steps you should take while at the scene. These steps can be the difference between recovering your losses after an injury accident and not.
Always Call The Police
It does not matter whether the accident was minor or that it is clear that the other driver is at fault for the wreck. Always, always, always call the police to come to the scene.
Obtaining a police report that shows the other driver was ticketed for the accident is very important. It helps prove negligence in future should you be injured and pursue a personal injury claim.
The other driver may try to convince you not to call the police. Do not be convince to do so. Also, if you can safely, keep your vehicle right where it is until the police arrive.
Seek Treatment Immediately
A consistent issue we see in the representation of car accident victims is that they refused to be transported to the hospital by ambulance or even seek treatment the day of the accident out of fear of a large medical bill. Please do not do that if you are hurt.
Seeking treatment immediately if you are injured is a must. If you refuse treatment, the insurance company will use that against you later no matter how practical it was for you to have denied treatment at the time.
If you are truly not feeling hurt at all at the scene of the accident, refusing to be transported is ok. Just make sure you monitor how you are feeling and seek treatment the moment you feel pain.
Documentation of your injuries as close in time to the actual accident is very important. The longer the gap between the wreck and your first treatment the more of an argument you are giving to the insurance company to say that you must have been injured doing something else because you did not seek treatment right away.
Collect Information At The Scene
If you can do these things safely while you are at the scene of the accident, you will give yourself a leg up in the pursuit of a personal injury claim later. The most important information to gather at the scene include:
Photos of the Damaged Vehicles: Use your phone to take pictures of not only the damage done to your vehicle but that of the other driver’s vehicle. Doing so while the vehicles have not been moved is even better.
Photos of the Roadway: Believe it or not but photographs of the roadway and any debris in it may end up being important to your case down the road. If there is any debris left from the vehicles in the accident take pictures of that as well.
Witness Information: You need to get the full name and contact information for every witness to the accident that remained at the scene. Often times we find that the police officer who responds fails to get this information or the witnesses leave before talking to the officer.
Call Your Insurance Company: You need to call your auto insurance company the same day of the accident to report you were involved in a wreck. Even if you are not at fault for the accident you still need to do this. If you do not, there is a potential that your insurance company could deny coverage down the road.
Contact An Accident Lawyer
At any point you begin to feel overwhelmed by the insurance claim process or feel that the insurance company is not doing right by you in the handling of your personal injury claim, speak to an accident attorney. If you would like to speak to one of our car accident lawyers call our office today at (770) 887-3162.