What to do After a Car Accident


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What To Do After A Car Accident

 

In a serious car accident and don’t know what to do, here are a few suggestions for dealing with a serious car accident:

 

Call authorities

It is always a good idea to call authorities as soon as possible after serious car accident.  Many people make the mistake of simply exchanging information with the negligent driver only to find out later that their story has changed and they now blame you for the wreck.

 

Take photos

Use your cell phone to snap a few quick pictures of the damage to your car, the location of the vehicles and the other car if you can. The old saying a picture is worth 1000 words is certainly true when there is extensive damage after car accident.

 

Seek prompt medical treatment

Most people don’t realize that the emergency room is for emergency treatment and not for ongoing care. The fact it x-rays indicate that nothing is broken does not mean that you are fine and many people after they have been discharged from the emergency room find they have very serious spinal cord injuries from obtaining more sophisticated tests like CT scans or MRIs. Follow-up with a reputable doctor as indicated by the hospital.

 

Avoid recorded statements

Often after a very serious accident, the insurance company for the negligent party will contact the victim and seek to take a statement from him or her. Such questions as tell me “every” or tell me “all” are meant to be used against the victim should his or her injury turn out to be more serious than they first thought. Additionally, estimates of speed, time and other factors can be tricky depending on the question. It is a better idea not to give a recorded statement particularly if you have experienced a serious injury.

 

Understand your car insurance may be in play

To the extent that your injury is very serious, your own automobile insurance may provide coverage to help your claim. Underinsured motorist coverage, uninsured motorist coverage, personal injury protection and medical pay can all be beneficial to the victim in the right circumstances.

 

Obtain advice when necessary

If you have questions regarding an automobile accident speak to a qualified Austin car accident attorney or an Austin personal injury lawyer as soon as you can and certainly prior to giving any written or recorded statements.

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