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When you’ve been in a major car accident, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. There’s so much to deal with, calls to make and people to talk to that you might not know where to start. Sometimes you just want to say everything is fine just to get past it and get on with your life.
But there are some critical things you need to do to ensure that you can bounce back from the accident with as little difficulty as possible. Make sure you do these four things.
Even if you feel fine and don’t need to go to the hospital by ambulance, you should still contact your doctor or go to a walk-in clinic and get checked out. There may be injuries that you can’t see or feel yet, and prompt medical attention ensures that they not only don’t get worse, but that you get treated right away.
In a major collision, there’s obviously going to be visible damage. But there may also be hidden damage that you can’t see, such as loose parts or a battery that has shifted and will die. Getting your car inspected by your own mechanic, before the other party’s insurance adjuster sees it, ensures that you are aware of all the damage to your vehicle and that you can argue with the adjuster’s report if it states different damage.
Before you sign anything, you need a lawyer on your side to advocate for you and ensure that you get the compensation you’re entitled to. Insurance companies often deny claims as if that’s their job, rather than paying claims.
A lawyer can ensure that you understand your rights and responsibilities, and what kind of settlement you might be able to expect so you don’t settle for far less.
For many insurance companies, if an accident doesn’t have a police report, it’s a matter of one driver’s word against another, and they won’t pay if the other driver doesn’t admit it was their fault. It may be inconvenient to wait for the police, but that report is a critical component of your case.
A major accident takes time to recover, both financially and physically. You can’t expect life to go back to normal overnight. But if you follow these tips, you’ll be back to normal sooner rather than later.