The moments after a car accident are hectic and scary. A person is just driving along, minding their own business, when suddenly, BAM! Suddenly, they are looking at themselves and any passengers for visible injuries and assessing their car for damage. It may be difficult, but it is important for people to take certain steps in order to preserve any potential injury claims arising from this accident.
First is to make sure that you are OK and anyone else involved in the accident is OK. Health is of paramount importance, so if you feel too injured to move, stay still and wait for paramedics. If possible, try to move the vehicles to the side of the road to get out of the way of danger, but if you are too injured to move, stay in the car and wait for help to arrive.
If everyone is OK and the cars have been moved safely to the side of the road, begin collecting all information from the other drivers and take as many pictures as possible. Some people may assume that the police report will contain all relevant details, but there are times when police do not fill out a report. Therefore a driver should be diligent in collecting as much information at the scene as possible, including witness statements.
Next is to see a doctor as soon as possible. Immediately after an accident, a person’s adrenaline may be rushing and causing them to feel no pain. Or a person might feel a little stiff but assume that the pain will subside. Even if you think you are OK, it is best to see a doctor immediately to ensure that any injuries are addressed and treated. Some people wait weeks or months hoping that injuries will heal themselves with rest. Unfortunately, injuries such as a herniated disc won’t simply subside without proper treatment.
If you do have injuries and wish to pursue a claim, it is best to contact a personal injury attorney as soon as you can. This lawyer will begin tracking down witnesses, get information from the at-fault party’s insurance company, and begin the process of collecting medical bills and records to prove your injuries. Since these cases can take as long as three years to resolve if they go to trial, getting the process started as soon as possible is generally a good idea.
At Davis Law Center, we offer a free, no obligation consultation to discuss your injuries. We know that you have many questions after an accident and we are here to help. We can explain exactly how best to preserve your claim and how we might be able to help you get the money you deserve. With no fee unless we collect, there is no financial risk to calling for information and no financial risk to retaining our services. If you have been injured in Detroit or anywhere in Michigan, contact Davis Law Center today for your free consultation.
After an accident, do your best to preserve evidence while staying safe.