Mar 30, 2021
Shockingly according to statistics, there are approximately six million car accidents in the United States yearly. Additionally, an estimated two million U.S. citizens suffer permanent injuries due to a car accident per annum. Besides injuries, a person can also suffer emotional trauma and, in most cases, financial strain.
If you have found yourself involved in a car accident, it would be best to get in touch with a Berwyn personal injury lawyer. A professional lawyer can be an invaluable asset as they can assist you with any legal proceedings that may arise. Moreover, the Law Offices of Thomas A Morrissey can provide you with information should you decide to seek compensation after a car accident. It is easy to become confused and disorientated after a car accident, so it’s vital to be aware of what steps to take after being involved in one.
Below are five crucial steps you should take if you ever find yourself involved in a car accident.
Your first priority is to ensure your safety of not only yourself but others. You will need to check yourself and anyone that was driving with you for injuries. If you have sustained injuries, you will need to call 911 and seek medical attention. Secondly, if possible, you should try to move your car off the road and to the side so that further accidents are prevented from occurring. If you cannot move the vehicle, then set off flares or place equipment out that warns drivers of the accident.
You will need to contact the police. If you have called 911, they will likely send a police team out to investigate the accident. Otherwise, you will need to make sure you contact the police as it is crucial you obtain a police report of the incident. Not only are you likely legally bound to report the accident, but your attorney will require the police report to help you attain compensation.
If you are not too seriously injured and neither are the other parties involved in the accident, you should gather as much information about the accident as possible. The information you will collect must directly relate to what you would need during a claims process. Essentially you need to gather license plate numbers, telephone numbers, pictures of the accident, driver’s details, insurance information, and driver’s license numbers. Additionally, get as much information about the scene of the accident as possible. For example, the date and time of the incident, the road name where the accident occurred, the driving conditions, and a recollection of what the parties involved believe to have happened.
Shortly after you have been involved in a car accident, you should call your lawyer and discuss the case’s details. An attorney can guide you on what to do and what not to do after the accident. Additionally, you will need to ensure you keep all relevant documentation relating to the accident, such as medical bills, proof of lost wages, medication records, and relevant police reports. Having the car accident documentation will strengthen your case and allow your lawyer to seek the best compensation possible.
In most instances, car accidents are usually difficult situations to navigate. With the emotional and financial pressures associated with injuries, it’s often best to get in touch with a Berwyn personal injury lawyer. If you would like to talk with a lawyer to help you understand what you should do after an unfortunate car accident, you can contact the Law Offices of Thomas A Morrissey today.
Thomas A. Morrissey is an experienced personal injury lawyer, trusted to protect the rights of those who have suffered an injury in the Chicagoland area.
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