Car Accident Attorney
If you have been involved in a car accident and do not require emergency medical attention, there are several steps you can take at the scene to help preserve your legal options “down the road.” If possible, please consider contacting our firm right away. A law office may be able to send a representative down to the scene to help you with any number of these tasks. Law firms have represented car accident victims for many years and would be more than happy to help you navigate an unquestionably disorienting time.
Steps to Take at the Scene of a Car Accident
It should go without saying, but if anyone requires emergency medical attention, please focus your efforts here before moving on to any additional steps. Everything else can wait if anyone is hurt. And even if you do not believe that you are seriously injured, please consider seeking medical attention as soon as you have taken down basic information and taken a few pictures. You could be bleeding internally, you could have a concussion and/or you could have sustained soft tissue injuries and you may not yet know it. It is imperative that you make sure that you are okay by seeking medical attention, even if you feel physically unharmed in the immediate aftermath of your collision.
If possible, please take pictures of the accident scene, from numerous angles if you can. Also take time to note down the names and contact information of any witnesses who may have observed the crash. Similarly, noting the names, contact information and insurance information of any other individuals involved in the collision is important too. All of these sources of information will prove useful should you work with an attorney to file an insurance claim and/or a personal injury suit in the wake of your accident.
In addition, it is important to remain at the scene until law enforcement arrives unless you need to leave in an ambulance to receive emergency medical attention. Leaving the scene of the accident could be treated as a “hit and run” later on.
Legal Guidance Is Available
If you have recently been involved in a motor vehicle accident, please do not wait to connect with an experienced personal injury attorney. It is critically important to preserve as much evidence as you can and the longer you wait to connect with legal representation, the greater the risk you run that evidence related to your accident will become compromised. With that said, please make sure that if you are in need of medical attention, you obtain that care before worrying about the legal side of things. Yes, it is important to connect with a car accident attorney as soon as you possibly can in the wake of an accident.