If you are involved in a car accident and you or any of your passengers are injured, it is important you act immediately for everyone’s safety and to preserve your chances of being compensated for your injuries. Even if you think the injuries are not serious, it’s important to take these steps anyway, as the symptoms of a serious injury could show up days after the accident:
- Dial 911. First and foremost, report the accident immediately and describe the injuries to the 911 dispatcher. As soon as police and medical responders arrive, be completely cooperative and honest with them. What you tell police about the injuries in the accident will be recorded as part of their official accident report, which you can use as evidence later on in a lawsuit or insurance claim.
- Record the accident scene. While waiting for police and medical responders to arrive, take photographs of the accident scene at all angles, as well as the inside of your vehicle. Take pictures of any injuries as well, so you have clear evidence of what they looked like immediately after the accident.
- Get medical attention. Again, even if you believe the injuries are not serious, you should get medical attention. You might have a concussion that wouldn’t otherwise show itself until several days later, for example. Again, be open and cooperative with all medical personnel and be as detailed as possible about what you experienced in the accident.
- Contact your insurance company. As soon as you can, alert your insurer about the accident and your injuries. Many companies have relatively short statutes of limitation, so don’t delay.
- Don’t sign any settlements. Insurance companies will try to get you to agree to a settlement amount as soon as possible, but hold off until you’re sure about the full extent of your injuries and have received legal advice.
For more information on the steps to take after being injured in an accident, meet with a skilled North Carolina attorney at Lanier Law Group.