4 things to do after a car accident

On Behalf of | May 23, 2024 | Car accidents

A car accident can lead to major injuries, losses and vehicle damages. People often receive more compensation when they take the right steps immediately after a car accident. 

Here is what you should know if you are in a car accident:

1. Call the police

To help ensure a record of the accident is made, you should call the police immediately after an auto accident. The police should arrive at the scene of the accident shortly after to collect information. The report will likely include all names of involved parties, the time and location of the accident, the type of accident and any injuries that were caused as a result of the accident. This report can help deduce the liable parties when seeking damages. 

2. Get a medical examination

The police should arrive with a paramedic. A paramedic can examine you and care for any injuries that you may have sustained during the collision. You should highly consider getting an examination even if you believe you are uninjured. Many people believe they have not suffered any injuries after a crash only to discover they have several days later. This can make it harder to receive a fair compensation offer to treat these injuries. 

3. Take pictures of the accident

Your car accident case can be supported by any evidence you can collect from the collision. You could receive more in compensation if you have photos of any injuries and the damages done to your vehicle and any other party’s vehicles. Having video evidence from a dash camera can help show how a collision happens and narrow down liable parties.

4. Accept a fair settlement offer 

Getting a fair settlement offer is often difficult. Insurance companies will often offer a settlement offer that is well below when you need to recover from the crash. By understanding your legal options, it is possible to negotiate a better settlement offer and hold liable parties accountable for their actions.