It may not be pleasant to think about, but most of us will be involved in some kind of car accident during our lives. Out of the nearly 6 million car crashes each year in the U.S., approximately one-third of them result in injury to the driver or passengers. And even when these injuries are not life-threatening, car crashes can be significantly traumatic, physically and psychologically. In the moments following a collision, it can be hard to stay calm and think clearly, but this is a critical window; doing the right things in these moments can set you up for a much better recovery.
If you are involved in a car accident and wish to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your interests as well as possible, there are several things to keep in mind. These tips can help to keep you safe and secure, and give you the best chance at winning your personal injury case, should you choose to file one:
1. Don’t leave
Never leave the scene of an accident, even a minor one.
2. Secure the area
Take a moment to move your vehicles to the side of the road if possible, and put on your hazard lights. If you have cones or flares, these can provide additional visibility and protection for the scene.
3. Call the police
It will make everything harder, especially when it comes to financial reimbursement if you don’t have a police report. Even if the accident wasn’t major, call the police and get everything on the record.
4. Gather evidence
The more hard evidence that you can provide in your case, the better. Take pictures of the entire scene, including all vehicles involved and the surrounding areas. Talk to any witnesses that may have stopped to help, and get statements from your passengers too.
5. Get medical help
Don’t assume that you aren’t injured just because you feel okay after a crash. Often the full extent of injuries isn’t known until after the adrenaline wears off. Seek medical care right away, and follow all doctor’s orders for your recovery.
6. Find a lawyer
If you were involved in a crash that wasn’t your fault, involved a drunk/distracted driver, or in which you were seriously injured, it’s critical that you speak with a personal injury attorney in San Jose. You may have a case, and be eligible for compensation.
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