Unfortunately, most will experience a car accident at some point or another. Aside from being unpleasant, car accidents can leave you with property damage, painful injuries, and many expenses. If you have been involved in a car accident, know you have legal rights.
The car accident lawyers at Gerling Law are ready to help.
What to Do After a Car Accident
The steps you take after a car accident are crucial. If you wish to pursue a claim in the future, they can make a substantial impact on your case.
The very first thing to do after a car accident is to call 911 and request police assistance. Also, be sure to check on those around you. If there are injuries, ask for medical attention.
Police will arrive at the scene and collect information. They will then turn these details into a police report.
If possible, collect as much information while at the scene of the accident as you can. While police will gather information and put it in a police report, they may miss specific details. Collecting information can fill in the missing blanks.
Information to gather includes:
- Name and address of the other driver;
- Vehicle details;
- Driver license information; and
- Insurance information.
- Be sure to take photos of both vehicles and the surrounding area and speak to any individuals that might have witnessed the accident.
File a Claim with Your Insurance Company
Whether or not the accident was your fault, you must call your insurance provider and file a claim. Most insurance companies require their drivers to contact them and report a collision as soon as possible. They will ask you for details of the accident, and you can provide whatever information and photos you collected at the scene. Your insurance company will also assign an adjuster. The adjuster will be your contact throughout the rest of the claims process, as they are in charge of every detail, including vehicle inspections and settlements.
Get Medical Treatment
It is always essential to get medical care after an accident. Visit your primary care doctor as soon as you can. Even if you don’t believe you sustained any injuries in the accident, it is good to get checked out. Some injuries take longer than others to appear, but a medical professional will know how to spot them. Detail your accident and let the doctor know of any aches or pains you may be experiencing.
Almost as important seeing your doctor is following their instructions. If they recommend seeking further treatment or rehabilitation, be sure to do so. Attend every appointment, and make sure to document all sessions. Should you pursue a claim in the future, medical and treatment records can strengthen your case.
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Do You Need a Car Accident Lawyer?
In certain instances, you may be able to deal with your car accident claim on your own. But more often than not, you will need the help of a car accident lawyer. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your collision, a car accident attorney will best know how to handle your case. An attorney can provide legal help and take care of all the necessary tasks for your case, including:
- Collecting all the required information pertaining to your accident;
- Gathering all medical documentation;
- Interviewing any possible witnesses;
- Identifying responsible parties; and
- Dealing with the insurance company.
Having a knowledgeable and experienced attorney on your side is invaluable in car accident cases.
Why Choose Gerling?
With over five decades of experience, Gerling Law is passionate about helping clients through trying times. We fight tirelessly and aggressively to get the compensation you deserve. Every situation is different, but our skilled team is ready to take on even the most challenging cases.
If you have been involved in a car accident, contact Gerling Law. We will review your case, answer your questions, and give you sincere legal advice during your free case evaluation.
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