What to Do After a Car Accident
Insight from a New Haven Car Accident Attorney
Been in a car accident? Whether you are at the scene of an accident still or it’s been a week, these tips can help you protect your case and ensure a stronger chance of getting the fair compensation you are owed. As a New Haven car accident lawyer, I serve clients throughout Hamden and the surrounding areas. Feel free to reach out to my firm for counsel at any time: (203) 800-1697.
Check out some key steps below if you’ve just been in a car accident in Hamden.
5 Steps You SHOULD Take:
- Stay safe and get necessary medical attention. If possible, set up cones, flares, or at least turn on your hazard lights to ensure everyone at the scene stays safe. When injuries are serious, request immediate medical attention and care. Don’t wait to see a doctor or medical professional!
- Exchange information with other driver and witnesses. Most people make sure to exchange insurance and contact information with the other driver, but fail to talk to witnesses who may be able to help their claim. Always try to speak with a neutral party who saw what happened.
- Alert your insurance company of the accident. Hearing detailed facts from you will help them stand their ground if the other driver attempts to point the finger at you. It is also helpful to write down as much information as possible after your crash to share with your insurer.
- Follow up with your doctor. Even if your injuries seem minor or you don’t feel hurt at all, it is always a good idea to schedule a checkup with your doctor. Once the adrenaline and shock wears off, your body may begin to tell a different story.
- Talk to an attorney well-versed in car accident laws. When it comes to finding the right lawyer for your case, you want an advocate who truly cares about your situation and will go the distance to ensure you get the compensation you need and deserve.
5 Steps You SHOULDN’T Take:
- Express your frustration or apologize to the other driver. Even if you are just apologize out of habit and don’t think you are really at fault, the other driver could use this or your explosive anger against you later one. Stay calm and avoid speaking with the other driver for anything outside of pertinent information. Also make sure to cooperate with police!
- Skip out on getting medical care because your injuries aren’t that bad. Whiplash, back injuries, and serious injuries can all seem minor at first, but develop into more severe issues later on. When the root cause is your car accident, it is important to have a doctor identify that.
- Forget to take pictures or write down details. This can be a crucial part of your case. The more evidence you have, the better—especially visuals. Taking pictures of the scene of the accident, your injuries, and details of the damage can be extremely impactful.
- Fight with your own or another insurance company on your own. Going up against insurance companies can be exhausting. The more you fight, the more your medical bills can begin to add up. Getting legal firepower on your side can make all the difference.
- Sign any documents or agree to a settlement with a lawyer. If an insurance company is trying to settle early, it likely means they are trying to avoid paying out a bigger amount. Consulting with a lawyer before signing can help protect your right to compensation.