Steps To Take After A Car Accident
Car accidents typically occur in a matter of seconds, without warning. A car accident scene may seem chaotic and confusing for people, especially when personal injuries are involved. While automobile crashes are a leading cause of injury, most people do not think about what needs to be done following a crash.
Most people have little or no familiarity of what needs to be done after a wreck. For that reason, I have listed four important steps that people can take to protect their rights after a car accident:
Step One: Remain Safe While At The Scene
At the scene of the accident, it is important to remain safe. If you are able to move around, it is critical to remain aware of your surroundings. Passing motorists may not be paying full attention to the road as they look over the accident scene.
Step Two: Call Police To Investigate The Scene
Getting a police report is important after an accident. While at the scene, call the police and cooperate with law enforcement. However, understand that you may not be fully aware of what happened. Do not admit fault. Let the police conduct their investigation.
Step Three: Call Your Doctor If You Are Not Taken To The Hospital
Most people know to seek medical attention after an accident. Some car accident injuries do not become apparent immediately, so even if you don’t feel like you have been seriously hurt, it is important to check with a doctor to be sure. It is also vital to follow your doctor’s recommendations and continue to work on your physical recovery.
Step Four: Get Legal Guidance
The next step is to contact an attorney without delay. Evidence can be lost and witnesses become unreliable or unavailable over time, so it is important to call a lawyer as soon as possible. While you need to notify your insurance agent about the accident, it is beneficial to speak with an attorney for guidance. Insurance adjusters and investigators are trained to ask questions to diminish your claim or to provide the insurance company with a basis to deny your claim outright.
At George B. Bishop, Jr., PA, in Moncks Corner, I have extensive experience guiding individuals through the complex personal injury claims process. For decades, I have taken on the insurance companies to help ensure that my clients get the fair and full financial compensation they deserve.
As your car wreck lawyer, I will work with the insurance companies, opposing counsel, judges and all other important players to help you obtain the compensation you need. Whether through settlement negotiations or aggressive litigation, I will do whatever it takes to help you.
Call My Office In Moncks Corner For A Free Initial Consultation
To schedule a consultation, call 843-761-8213 or contact me online. I handle personal injury cases on contingency. That means that you will not pay attorney’s fees unless and until I obtain compensation for you. I represent car accident victims and their families throughout the South Carolina Lowcountry.