What To Do (And Not To Do) After An Accident
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed following a car accident. You’re worried about damage to your vehicle and potential injuries, and you might not know what to do next. But with these tips and the help of an experienced personal injury lawyer, the process can be so much smoother.
Take pictures of the damage
Do this as soon as possible after the accident. It’s important to photograph the damage to your vehicle as well as the area around the accident, if possible, to help you prove the extent of the damage. This can help determine how much you’ll be compensated and help you prove your damages in court.
Talk to witnesses
If possible, get the names, numbers and addresses of people present at the scene of the accident. They may be able to help prove who was at fault. If you can, talk to police at the scene and get a copy of their report.
Get medical treatment
Even if you don’t feel seriously injured, you should seek medical attention after an accident. It can sometimes take hours, days or even weeks for an injury to be apparent. Seeing a doctor creates a record of your injury and treatment, which can be useful in the event of a personal injury claim. Continue to keep records of your medical treatment, that way you have a better chance of getting the compensation you deserve.
Do NOT settle without the advice of an attorney
The person you speak to the insurance company might seem nice, but ultimately the insurance company is most interested in settling your claim as quickly as possible at the lowest cost. Do not sign anything or agree to any settlement from an insurance company until you know all your injuries will be treated and you’ll be compensated.
Talk to a lawyer
Every insurance company has an army of lawyers working for them; you need someone on your side, fighting for you. We can help you gather evidence, get the right medical treatment and deal with insurance companies. With more than 30 years of trial experience in Pennsylvania, the attorneys at McCormick & Vilushis LLC have the skills to help.