In the trauma and chaos of traffic accidents, it is difficult to keep a clear head and control the situation. Although you may want to rely on on-site law enforcement personnel to handle everything, it is important for you to act quickly to gather evidence and talk to witnesses about details you may have missed. Collecting detailed information about the accident will help your legal representative to effectively file a claim with the insurance company and ensure that you get the compensation you deserve. The following list of personal injuries provides tips for dealing with the consequences of a car accident.
on the spot
-Stay on the spot until the law enforcement personnel and provide medical assistance to check the damage if necessary. Accident reports submitted by police and emergency medical technicians provide third-party views from reliable sources.
-Exchange personal information with accident-related personnel, such as name, address, telephone driver’s license number, license plate number and insurance details. Please do not provide or accept compensation at this time, and do not take responsibility for the accident, because it may lead to personal injury claims in the future.
-Talk to witnesses on the spot and get their contact information.
-If possible, take photos of the vehicle, the scene of the accident, and any physical injuries suffered by yourself or other parties involved.
After the accident
-If you are taken to the hospital, please obtain a copy of the accident report for personal files, ambulance and medical reports.
-Check your car insurance policy, including personal injury protection (PIP) and medical expenses details, to determine the type of insurance you are entitled to.
-Contact witnesses shortly after the accident to obtain a statement, and they can still remember the incident clearly.
-Because some personal injuries were not immediately discovered at the scene of the accident, please consult a doctor immediately. Get a copy of any medical records that can prove that a physical complication occurred after the accident.
-Take photos to prove the progress of the injury and treatment. Record the date on the photo.
-Track all the doctors you consulted and the medical expenses related to the accident, including medications and treatments. Make a copy of your medical bill to keep in the file.
-Take photos of your car damage before repairing.
-Keep a record of all car repair costs or other property damage in the accident, and make a copy of the receipt.
-Record the loss of wages caused by wasted working time due to accidents.
-Record your physical and emotional condition every day after the accident. Record any pain, distress or inconvenience caused by the accident, which will limit your normal ability to move.