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What To Do After A Car Accident
If you have been hurt in a car accident, there are some things you can do, if your medical condition allows, that could prove beneficial. They include:
Prioritize Your Medical Care
First and foremost, take care of yourself. This may seem obvious. Indeed, most people get immediate medical attention after being injured in a car wreck. However, many people neglect extremely important follow-up care. They may skip physical therapy sessions or postpone doctor appointments. Furthermore, they may ignore doctor’s orders to rest and refrain from work. Instead, they may attempt to get back into their normal groove sooner than they should. Not only can this hinder the healing process, but also it may be harmful to a claim.
If the car crash was caused by another driver’s negligence, and you are pursuing a claim against that driver, the driver’s insurance company may attempt to use your missed medical appointments or the fact that you are not resting as evidence that you are not as seriously injured as you claim to be, and therefore not in need of compensation.
Gather Information And Preserve Evidence
If you are pursuing a car accident claim, all evidence may become valuable. Get as many details about the negligent driver as possible: name, phone number, address, insurance information and license plate number. Get the contact information of any witnesses. Gather photographic evidence of the accident scene, the damage to the vehicles involved and the injury itself. If you are not able to do this, see if a friend or family member can.
As soon as possible, make notes about what happened. Memories may fade over time, and car crash claims can take time, especially if the insurance company pushes back. Write down a detailed account of what happened while it is fresh in your mind.
Talk To A Lawyer
Many people hesitate in contacting a lawyer after a car crash. They may think that they can handle the matter alone. However, there is no risk in discussing the matter with a lawyer. At Scardina Law in Denver, we offer free consultations and handle cases on a contingency basis, which means that you are only obligated to pay us if we are successful in getting you money for your injury. Getting us onboard early may help you avoid stressful conflict with the insurance company and set the stage for a speedy, fair resolution.