Slide One: Being injured in a car accident often triggers an adrenaline rush, making it difficult to think rationally. However, taking the right steps after a car accident can help you collect evidence to hold the at-fault driver responsible, as well as obtain compensation for your injuries.
Slide Two: Call the police
Immediately after your accident, you should call the police. Upon arrival, police will ask you to provide a detailed report of the events leading up to the accident. It’s important to stay level-headed during the report in order to provide an accurate description. Police will then create an incident report outlining who was at fault.
Slide Three: Collect information
After speaking to the police, it’s time to gather the other driver’s information. Make sure to write down their name, contact information, license number, and insurance information. In addition, take pictures of the scene and collect the contact information of any eye witnesses to the accident.
Slide four: Go to the hospital
The post-accident adrenaline rush can make it easy to ignore injuries sustained during the accident. However, it’s necessary to go to the hospital before injuries become worse and require more extensive treatment. If you’re unsure where the nearest hospital is, contact your insurance provider for more information.
Slide Five: Hire a lawyer
Before initiating further contact with the other party, hire a lawyer. A Santa Ana car accident attorney can help you seek compensation for your injuries. To find an experienced lawyer, ask friends and family for recommendations. You should devote time and effort toward finding a lawyer you feel comfortable discussing the details of your case with.
Slide Six: Discuss your settlement
Your lawyer will be able to advise you on the kind of settlement you’ll be able to realistically obtain. Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may be able to obtain compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Since full settlements are rarely granted, be prepared to accept less than what you had anticipated.
Final Slide: The steps you take after experiencing a car accident can ultimately influence whether you receive proper compensation for your injuries.