Things to Do and Not Do After an Auto Accident
1. Call police
The first thing you should do after any auto accident is call the police. Call the police as soon as possible, immediately, and before you do anything else. It really is that important. Emergency services can make sure everyone is safe, and transport anyone who needs medical treatment to the hospital.
If there are no injuries the police officers on scene will assign fault for the accident and issue a report. Those two pieces of evidence are crucial in any personal injury claim. If you do not call the police. You will not have the necessary evidence to prove fault or get a settlement.
2. Do not admit liability
Your insurance company will agree with your attorney on this even if they agree on nothing else. Do not admit that you were at fault for the accident. Do not even apologize to the other party. While statements like these are hearsay, they can still be used against in litigation or negotiation.
3. Seek Medical Treatment
If you are feeling at all injured or sore seek medical treatment the same day as the accident from a hospital, urgent care facility, or your primary care physician. Urgent medical treatment is important so that your injuries can be discovered and treated as soon as possible. It is also important that there are few if any other events between the accident and the treatment, so it can be shown that the accident caused the injury that necessitated the medical treatment.
4. File a claim with your insurance
Report your accident to your own insurance company as soon as possible. The sooner you report the accident, the sooner you can start getting back on the road. If you are not at fault for the accident, contact the other party’s insurance company as well. Making a claim will help the process begin faster.
5. Contact a personal injury attorney
If you have been injured, and the medical costs will likely be more than $3,000.00, call a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. At the Advocates, attorneys are available around the clock. We can help you find a rental car and help you find medical providers who will work with you during the settlement process.
6. Leave the photos and gory details off social media
Do not post about your accident on the Internet. Insurance companies, other attorneys, and opposing parties can and will use those photos and comments against you during negotiation or litigation.