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What to Do When Injured in a Car Accident
No one is prepared for a car crash. Accidents happen suddenly, and they’re often over before you’ve even realized what happened. When you’ve been injured in a car accident, you can take certain steps to ensure that the damage to your vehicle is covered, the costs of your injuries are taken care of, and the person responsible for your injuries is held accountable
Seek Medical Attention Immediately
Before anything else, you need to be seen by a medical professional. Even if you feel fine, it’s important that a physician examines you. Many conditions can go completely unnoticed while wreaking havoc on your body, such as a concussionor internal bleeding.
It will also be helpful that you’ve had your injuries documented following your accident so there is a clear timeline of when your injuries occurred.
We’ve seen horrific situations when a victim waited a day or two to be seen and not only suffered serious injuries made worse by the length of time before treatment, but also became unable to pursue appropriate compensation from the at-fault driver, who claimed the victim’s injuries were caused by something other than the car crash.
File a Police Report
When you are reasonably healthy again, you should file a report with the police department or obtain a copy of the report taken at the scene for your records. The police will be able to document evidence that we can use in filing your personal injury claim, including potential video footage and witness statements.
Consult Your Car Accident Attorney
Your next step will be to speak with an experienced car accident attorney who can advise you on how to pursue full and fair compensation, whether that includes negotiating with the insurance companies or building a personal injury claim that will be brought to trial.
Your California car accident lawyer will be able to determine who is liable for your injuries and the total value of your claim to ensure you receive full compensation. Schedule your free consultation with an experienced Haffner Lawattorney today by calling 1-844-HAFFNER (423-3637) or filling out the contact form below.