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No one expects to be involved in a bad car accident. So when it happens, we often don’t know exactly what to do. There are four important steps that you should take when involved in a serious traffic collision of any kind, whether it is with another vehicle, a large animal, or a road obstacle.
After the impact, check yourself and others in the vehicle for injuries. Major concerns include heavy bleeding, difficulty breathing, or unconsciousness. However, victims may be in shock and not realize it. If any wounds or signs of injury can be seen or if you are not feeling normal or notice symptoms like dizziness or numbness, contact an EMS unit immediately by calling 9-1-1. Even if you are feeling okay after the accident has been reported, it is probably a good idea to go to the ER or schedule a visit with your regular doctor to be checked.
Call the police immediately to inform them of the accident. They will come and make a report about what happened. Some officers may take witness statements or photos of the damaged vehicles. The report will be posted online or made available to the public within a few days, and it serves as an objective source of information in case you decide to file a claim against the person who caused the accident.
Whenever significant damage occurs to a vehicle or if you are noticeably impacted, contact a car accident attorney who handles car accident cases. The attorney may be able to evaluate your circumstances to determine from a legal perspective if you are able to make a medical claim against a negligent party, such as the other driver, the owner of a horse that wandered onto the road and caused the accident, or another source of the contributing factors. The attorney can explain your rights and responsibilities, along with associated legal proceedings and a timeline of how the claim process will unfold.
As soon as you are safe, take pictures of the damage to your car. If you were injured, take photos of your wounds, such as bleeding, swelling, scrapes, scratches, bruising, etc., right after the accident and show them to the attorney, as they may provide helpful evidence, if needed.
Road accident damage can cost thousands of dollars to address. Collect objective information and records in case you file a claim.