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By John Kristensen of Kristensen Weisberg, LLP posted in Car Accident on Monday, October 1, 2018.
Steps to take if you are injured in a Car Accident

Most of us operate vehicles on a daily or nearly daily basis, and while this does not usually result in an accident or cause injury, there is a risk we take being on the roads and interacting with other drivers. If you do find yourself the victim of a car collision, there are certain steps that should be taken immediately and in the days and weeks that follow. Hopefully, there are no injuries. Sometimes however, this may be a byproduct of the collision, and the effects of such an event may not be identifiable until after you leave the scene.

If you are involved in a vehicular accident, we recommend taking the following steps to protect yourself and your loved ones.

First, remain calm.

Your actions in the moments immediately following the collision can affect your health, as well as the determination of your insurance company or even your legal liability. Do not admit fault. It is the job of the insurance agency to determine who is at fault – additionally, do not ask the other driver to admit fault. It’s a higher priority to ensure everyone is okay, and that you are stopped in a safe location.

These days everyone has a cell phone with a camera. Use yours to take photos of the damage, and don’t be afraid to take a lot. Ensure you have photos from multiple angles that will help demonstrate what occurred. Take photos of your car, the accident location (including stop signs and lights), and anything else that will paint a more complete picture. Finally, collect the contact information of any witnesses who may have seen the collision transpire.

Seek medical attention.

You should always meet with a medical professional following a collision, and you should do so quickly. The longer you wait before doing so, the more difficult it is to accurately determine any injuries were caused by the accident in question. Take detailed notes of what you are feeling and when those feelings start, change, or stop, and capture photos if there is anything visible. Keep organized records of your injuries, as well as any doctors, chiropractors, or other medical professionals who treat you. Consider keeping a diary about your injuries and care, and be sure to include specific details. Additionally, maintain a record of your bills and receipts, including travel expenses that you incur as the result of the accident

Contact a lawyer.

If you’ve determined that you have been injured as the result of a car accident, it’s time to take steps to be sure you are protected. Contacting our firm is the first step in avoiding paying unnecessary medical fees, ensuring you receive the treatment you need to make the fullest possible recovery, and address any damage to your vehicle, loss of income, or similar costs. A car accident is a scary occurrence, but it can be even scarier thinking about the long-term implications to your health, vehicle, job, and life. Please reach out to our law firm and ensure you’re taking all possible steps to reduce anxiety and maximize your efforts at moving past the accident and enjoying life the way you deserve.

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