The Accident Recovery Team frequently hears these words, “I’ve just been in a wreck. What should I do right after an accident?” The moments and hours following a crash are difficult to process. It can be hard to figure out the right steps to take after an accident.
First Things First
First, always call the police. Even if the accident seems minor, you need the documentation and case number provided by local police. This is especially true if there are injuries, vehicle damage, intoxicated drivers, uninsured drivers, or hit-and-run drivers involved.
If the other driver involved in the accident doesn’t want you to call the police, you should definitely call the police. If they try to convince you that the accident isn’t a big deal and you’ll work it out later with insurance, don’t fall for it. Call the police and properly document the accident with authorities.
While you are still at the scene of the accident, take pictures if possible. These images may become key pieces of evidence as your case progresses. Throughout the recovery process, be careful to document medical appointments, vehicle repairs, expenses, and other related details.
Help After a Wreck
Seek the medical attention you need immediately. Too often, clients wait too long to see a doctor. While it may seem reasonable to wait a few days and see how you feel, you can’t let too much time go by.
We see clients all the time who want to tough it out and wait weeks or months to go to the doctor. That delay gives the insurance adjuster an excuse for your injuries. The insurance company will argue that the injury occurred at work or home or somewhere else between the time of the accident and the time you saw a doctor.
Call the police, seek appropriate medical care, document everything, and talk to an attorney. Do not discuss the accident with the other side’s insurance company without consulting your attorney first.
Please reach out to the Accident Recovery Team to review the details of your accident. The call is free and you never pay a fee until we win. We hope you stay safe on the road this year. If you do happen to get into an accident, we hope these recommendations are helpful in your recovery.