What should I do if I am injured in an auto accident?
Contact the police and seek medical care immediately.
The results of a police investigation can be crucial. Usually the police will make a report of the accident which may include their personal judgment of who was at fault. They may also take photos and gather other evidence that will be useful in pursuing your claim. If you think you have been injured you should call the police and seek a medical evaluation immediately. It is important to document your injuries early on and secure evidence that will protect your legal interests. This may also mean collecting evidence from the scene of your accident. If you can take photos of the accident, the vehicles, and any skid marks in the road, you should do so. Cell phone cameras can be useful for documenting an accident when it happens. If there are witnesses, get their contact information so you can obtain statements from them if needed. If you are unable to document the accident try to have a close friend or family member visit the scene and take photos right away. You should also have a close friend or family member photograph your injuries as soon as possible.
Do not admit fault.
This means do not admit fault to the police, the other driver, your own passengers, any witnesses, or any insurance agent. Do not admit fault to anyone, even if you feel that you may have been partially responsible for the accident. Check to make sure everyone is ok, but do not apologize. Do not tell the other driver, “I’m sorry, I wasn’t paying attention,” or anything similar. Do not say anything that might indicate your fault in the accident. Auto accidents can be frightening. After an accident people are usually in a heightened emotional state. Also, most accidents happen fast, and because an accident occurs and is over in a few quick moments, it is often hard to determine exactly what happened and who was at fault. Your perceptions during and after an accident may not be accurate. It is always best to wait until you have had a chance to recover mentally and emotionally before making judgments about fault.
Contact an attorney as soon as possible.
If you are well enough to do so, you should seek the advice of an attorney right away. It is important to take swift action to protect your legal interests when you have been injured in an accident. Call attorney Marshall R. Sumrall for a free consultation or inquire online and you will receive a response within 24 hours.