A car accident can happen when you least expect it. One moment you could be driving home from work, and the next you are fighting for your life at the ER. If you are involved in a car accident that is attributable to someone else’s unlawful actions, you deserve justice.
Getting involved in a car accident can leave you hurt, traumatized and confused. However, it is important to understand that what you do immediately following the accident can impact the outcome of your personal injury claim.
Here are two crucial steps you need to take immediately following a car wreck.
As soon as you move your car to safety, be sure to call the police at the scene of the accident. This is important even if the other party tries to discourage you from doing so. In fact, Washington laws require that you report any car accident that results in injury, death or property damage in excess of $700.
Once the police arrive at the scene, they will investigate the accident and compile a report that details what happened and whom they believe was responsible for the accident based on their assessment. A copy of the accident report can go a long way in strengthening your claim.
Seek medical treatment
Even if you feel okay, it is in your best interest that you see a doctor for a comprehensive examination. Take note that some car accident injuries (like internal injuries) may take time to manifest. Waiting too long to see a doctor can pose two problems:
First, those hidden injuries can worsen with time and put your health at great risk. Internal bleeding, for instance, can lead to permanent damage to your vital organs. Second, in putting off your medical checkup, the defendant and their insurance company may argue that the injuries for which you are filing a lawsuit had nothing to do with the accident, otherwise you would have sought treatment immediately following the car wreck.
If you are involved in a car accident, it is crucial that you take appropriate steps to protect your rights and interests while pursuing the damages you deserve.