Being in a car wreck can be a harrowing experience. In the moments afterward it is hard to know what to do, or where to turn for help. In most instances a bystander, other witness, or even a party to the accident will call 911 for immediate assistance, which means necessary medical help and the police are dispatched and on their way. What you do when emergency services arrive depends on the particular facts of your case, but there are some important things that should be done at once.
For car wrecks and other personal injury matters, steps to take immediately thereafter include:
- Advise medical personnel of every injury you have suffered. Even if you believe an injury to be minor and not require medical attention it is best to leave that decision up to trained medical professionals.
- Take photos of your injuries, and the damage done to your car.
- Exchange insurance information with others involved in the crash, including the policy number and agent’s information.
- Write down the names and phone numbers of all witnesses.
Doing the above things will help ensure you receive the medical treatment you need, and will also help to preserve the evidence in your case. This information will come in handy when you are making a claim for reimbursement for your injuries. Often times the adjuster assigned to resolve the claim will try to establish their insured was not at fault, and the more evidence you have to the contrary the more likely it is that you will receive a fair settlement offer. And, in the event the adjuster is unreasonable and you decide to take your case to trial, having the names of witnesses will help you to develop a strategy that is likely to get you results that work. It can take a while for a case to see its day in Court, and people’s memories tend to fade over time. Knowing who witnessed your accident means you can call them shortly thereafter to take a statement or have them give a deposition. If you have been in an accident, contact our office for help. We have experience helping hurt people get better, and can help you too.
If you have been in an accident, call our office for help. Let an experienced attorney help you figure what is best for you. Call a Bloomington, Minnesota personal injury attorney today.