Car accidents happen all too frequently, with many Connecticut residents traveling by car every day. Everyone should know their options after a car accident. The most important thing to remember is that you need to create a record of what happened and talk to a lawyer right away.
Steps to take directly after an accident
There are a few things you can do to protect your case directly after an accident. They include:
- Call the police to investigate.
- Take photos of the accident scene with your phone.
- Avoid making any statements to the police that include you claiming any fault or apologizing.
- Take the other party’s information, including license plate information.
However, oftentimes you may be in emotional, and perhaps physical, shock after an accident and may forget these steps or you are already past that stage. When that happens, here are the things to know.
What to do when you have already been in an accident
The most important thing to do is seek medical attention. Even if you aren’t sure if you need it, go see your doctor and tell them all the body parts that are bothering you. This step is crucial both to getting the care you need and to creating a medical record that can then be used in your case.
Additionally, you will likely hear from the other party’s insurance company quickly after an accident. They will want to settle it quickly and with a minimum of cost on their side. Avoid talking to this representative as much as possible, and don’t talk to them without talking to your own attorney first. You could unknowingly be making a statement that would hurt you later.
Why hire an attorney for this type of matter?
It is tempting to think you can handle it yourself. There is a misconception that insurance companies are looking out for you after an accident, when actually, they are looking out for their bottom line more often than not.
The job of an injury lawyer is to maximize your recovery in an honest and professional manner. The attorney will help you recover compensation for property damage to your vehicle and lost wages, as well as help you attain maximum compensation for your personal injuries. The attorney should be a bulldog in your corner. This will relieve the stress that you would have if you were handling the case on your own and allow you to focus on recovery.
The answer is intended to be for informational purposes only. It should not be relied on as legal advice, nor construed as a form of attorney-client relationship.
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