Motor vehicle accidents can cause serious injuries. If you have suffered injuries in a motor vehicle accident, you may be entitled to compensation. It is vital that you take the following steps after an accident for the sake of your health and recovery:
Call the police:
If you get into an accident that causes property damage or physical injuries, it is necessary that you call the police and that you get the responding officers' names and badge numbers. The police report provides an objective account of the accident, which can be used in your case.
Record important information and take pictures:
Recording information and preserving evidence from the accident scene is also crucial. Make sure to take down all pertinent information, including the other driver's name, as well as their license number and insurance information. In addition, take photographs of any damage to your car. Photos illustrate the level of damage your car suffered and can be used by the insurance adjuster to calculate compensation and can also be used in court.
Seek medical treatment:
If you have suffered any injuries in a motor vehicle accident, you must seek medical treatment immediately. Make sure to take down the names of any medical professional who treats you or your loved one. In addition, ask for a comprehensive medical report and keep a record of all medical bills, treatments and medications. Also, keep an account of the extent to which injuries have interfered in your daily life, for example, in terms of missed work days or missing out on family activities. If you delay medical treatment, you risk having the insurance adjuster claim your injuries were not serious and that you are not entitled to the full compensation you deserve.
Hire a personal injury lawyer:
If you have suffered injuries in a motor vehicle accident, you should strongly consider working with an experienced personal injury lawyer. A personal injury lawyer can help you protect your legal rights and pursue maximum compensation for your injuries. Some injuries do not become evident until weeks or months after the accident, so do not accept an early settlement from an insurance company before knowing the full extent of your injuries. Always consult with an attorney prior to settling a claim with an insurance company or signing other documents.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, it is important that you work with an experienced personal injury attorney. The Law Offices of Christian J. Amendt has decades of experience helping California residents injured in motor vehicle accidents receive full compensation. Contact their office at 909-766-1994 to schedule a free initial consultation.