After An Accident, Do These Nine Things
When meeting with our clients, we are often asked a lot of questions about what to do after an accident. Below are the nine key things everyone should do if they are involved in an accident.
- Talk to no one – Do not talk to anyone about your injuries until you have consulted an experienced personal injury attorney.
- Get medical treatment – Return to your doctor or chiropractor as often as necessary and always tell him/her about all of your complaints.
- Speak to witnesses – Write down names, addresses, and telephone numbers of all witnesses.
- Auto repairs – Do not have your vehicle or any other object that was involved in the motor vehicle collision repaired or destroyed until an attorney has had an opportunity to have it inspected and photographed.
- Citations, fines or disciplinary action – Do not appear in court or give written or recorded statements to anyone without first contacting a personal injury attorney. The reason is that you don’t want to say or do something that might prejudice yourself in the action as relates to your injury.
- Evidence – Keep anything that may be considered evidence until your attorney has had an opportunity to examine it. If your injury requires a cast or another medical device such as a brace or other appliance, do not throw away the medical device. Instead, keep it so that it can be used for evidence.
- Important records – Keep accurate records of lost work time and wages, medical bills, complaints of pain and injury and travel expenses
- Bills – Have your own insurance company pay as many hospital, doctor and chiropractor bills as possible.
- Ask questions – If you have any questions, contact an attorney who is experienced in the field of personal injury for advice rather than relying on what someone else tells you.