Even if you are driving along, paying attention to traffic signals, following the rules of the road, you can still get into a circumstance where another driver crashes into you. Getting into an automobile collision can be a very chilling experience. Often, the collision can be and is severe in nature, and severe collisions can cause serious injuries. If you have been seriously injured in a car collision, you need to contact an emergency medical facility to tend to your injuries, especially if you have significant injuries, like a broken bone or deep cuts. Safety and your recovery is always the top priority when you have been hurt by the negligence of another person.
Checklist on what you need to do when you get into a car wreck
- Call the police to report the collision; Calling the police to document and help with the collision is a great idea. Not only will the Police help with the investigation (i.e. who is at fault for the collision), but they will also help gather information.
- **Order an ambulance and the police to come out if you are severely injured and need to be checked out; This is case-by-case. If you feel the need to be taken by EMS to the hospital, you need to get assistance at this point. **
- Take photos of the property damage and any visible injuries (if you can);
- Talk to any witnesses and instruct witnesses to talk to the Police;
Assuming the collision is not catastrophic, and you are able, there are key pieces of evidence that need to be captured at the scene of the collision in order to preserve a good claim with the insurance companies. Photos showing the property damage are always a great help if you have a car accident case, so it is important to take as many photos at the scene of the collision as possible. If the police write a report on the collision, the report can also be a key piece of evidence. If you have injuries and feel it is necessary to consult with an attorney, it is important to contact the attorney early in the case.
Sometimes it is necessary to hire an attorney in order to obtain the appropriate outcome for a collision case involving injuries. The insurance companies want to settle claims quickly and cheaply. If the insurance company is not acting in good faith, you may need to contact an attorney to help get all your injuries and damages covered by the settlement.