Motor vehicle collisions occur every 10 seconds in the United States. These collisions can cause personal injuries, property damage, or even death. Motor vehicle collisions often involve passengers, pedestrians, bicyclists, and other vehicles. These collisions often result in serious injuries that can involve complex legal issues. Due to the complexity of a claim, it is important to get representation quickly and have an advocate in your corner. I was in a car accident, what do I do now? Immediately after a car accident, it is common for the insurance companies to attempt to obtain a recorded statement from you or to get you to sign paper work that can limit your ability to receive full and fair compensation for your injuries. Similarly, many insurance companies try to reach a quick settlement with an injured person. Their purpose is to avoid responsibility for future medical expenses, lost wages and other damages that are likely to develop as time progresses.
When a person is injured, it often takes months to completely assess the full extent of the injuries. At that point, the person may need surgery or other extensive treatment. The injuries may leave the person permanently disabled even after corrective surgery. Therefore, the true value of a claim from a car accident can only be assessed after a physician has established a firm prognosis.
A few things that are important to do when you get into an accident:
Note the date, time, and location of the accident.
Take pictures of the accident scene, your vehicle, other vehicles involved, and your injuries.
Report the accident to the police.
Exchange information with the other driver(s). Making sure to get name, address, phone number, vehicle make, model and color, and insurance company information.
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