5 Things To Do After A Car Accident
By their nature, car accidents are destructive, and accident scenes are typically characterized by pain, confusion and uncertainty. If you have been injured in a crash and are unsure of the steps you should take to get the compensation you need, MacLean Law Firm can help.
Drawing on more than 20 years of experience, we advise and represent auto accident victims in Fort Worth and all of the surrounding areas. Following are five important things to do after a car or truck accident:
1. Call the police.
After you call the police, the arriving officer can make an accident report, which can then be used as evidence in your injury claim. When you call, you should also tell the dispatcher about your injuries. The dispatcher can send medical first responders to the scene.
2. Get medical treatment.
This is important not only for your health and well-being, but also for your personal injury claim. Your medical records can be used to show the extent and cost of your injury, and the amount of compensation you receive depends largely on the medical treatment you receive.
Keep in mind that a personal injury claim can lead to compensation for medical expenses, as well as for lost income and loss of earning capacity. In other words, don’t let the fear of medical bills keep you from getting the treatment you need. After your accident, it is important to diligently follow through with all medical treatments, as well as keep track of your medical expenses and other out-of-pocket expenses.
3. Document the accident and your injuries.
Your first priority should be to get the medical care you need if you are injured. If possible, however, you should try to get as much pertinent information as you can, or have another person assist you in doing so. This will consist of obtaining driver information, police reports, photographs, witness information and any other data that could bolster your potential claim.
If you can, take pictures of the vehicle damage and your injuries.
4. Don’t accept the insurance company’s initial offer before talking to a personal injury lawyer.
The insurance company is not on your side, and the insurance adjuster’s questions are designed to minimize the amount of compensation you receive. That is why we say not to communicate with the insurance company or sign any forms from the insurance company without your attorney’s approval. At MacLean Law Firm, we can handle all of the legal and insurance matters while you focus on healing.
5. Contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
The sooner we can get involved in your case, the sooner we can start building a strong claim on your behalf. We have helped accident victims throughout Texas obtain tens of millions of dollars in compensation. For a free case evaluation, call today or send us an email. If your injury prevents you from coming to our offices in Fort Worth or Cleburne, we can come to you.