istock-car in treeBeing involved in a personal injury situation can be a scary experience; however, it is very important to keep calm, seek medical attention immediately, and do not do anything that could jeopardize your car insurance claim.

The following is a list of steps to take after an accident:

(1)  Do Not Admit Fault for the Accident – Do not admit fault to the other party, your passengers, the police, witnesses, or your auto insurance agent.  Even if you suspect you may be at fault or partially at fault, do NOT admit wrongdoing.

(2)  Seek Medical Attention – Although you may not feel hurt, pain from the accident may appear later; so, consult a professional to determine the seriousness of your injuries. If you wait too long to seek medical attention, it will be more difficult to prove your injuries resulted from the car crash.

(3)  Take Pictures of the Accident and your Injuries – If you have trouble getting a settlement from the insurance company, and decide to hire a Personal Injury attorney, photos will assist you in forming a claim.  If you have a cell phone with a camera, it will be useful at this point.

(4)  Take Notes – It is important to take detailed notes regarding your medical treatment because this information may be necessary for you to get full reimbursement from the insurance company.  Take down the names and addresses of any chiropractors, physical therapists, or other professionals you were referred to after the accident.  Further, you will want to keep receipts of medications, and assistive devices such as crutches that you used.

(5)  Get a Copy of the Police Report – This is to verify all facts regarding the accident are correct.  Errors in the police report may delay your injury claim.

(6)  Speak with an Attorney – If you are asked to sign any documentation you do not understand, talk to a personal injury attorney. Having adequate representation is the best way to make sure your rights are protected, especially if the accident is very serious, and you are deemed to be partially at fault.

Unfortunately, many people do not take these prudent steps after a car accident.  This is why it is important, if you think that you have an injury claim, to consult with counsel as soon as possible so important steps do not go missing.  For a confidential consultation, contact the law offices of Reeves, Aiken & Hightower, LLP.  You can reach our Fort Mill, South Carolina office at 803-548-4444, or toll-free at 877-374-5999.  We will be pleased to assist you.