What to do after a Car Accident
Once the deafening crash subsides and any injuries are dealt with, your car accident is over, right?
Not so fast — the things you do in the minutes, hours and days following a collision can have a big impact on your future health and finances.
Here’s what you need to do following a car crash to protect your future:
- Never apologize or admit fault. Even though you may think it is good manners to apologize or accept some of the blame, your polite statements could come back to haunt you later. Make sure that you do not accept responsibility for any portion of the car accident; doing so will make it more difficult for your car accident attorney to work with your case later.
- Seek immediate treatment for injuries: Some injuries are visible and immediately clear, while others may not show up for a day or two later. Some of the most common auto accident injuries are not apparent right away, including whiplash and other serious neck, back and limb issues. Don’t wait for pain and inflammation to happen, see a doctor. Not only is seeking medical treatment the best way to protect your health, it protects your case as well.
- Gather information: Don’t be dissuaded from calling the police for a minor accident; even a small collision can cause serious, long lasting damage. Make sure you get as much information as possible, and use your phone to snap relevant photos and record witness contact information if any is provided. This information will be extremely valuable later; once the cars are cleared away, there will be no other chance to snap an image and support your claim.
Need a Tampa Car Accident Attorney?
If you’ve been injured in an accident and need help figuring out what to do next, contact Hancock Law Firm for assistance. We are ready to talk about your case and never charge a fee upfront, so you can be sure you get the help you need right away.