Posted on Monday, October 2nd, 2017 at 9:26 pm
If you have never been involved in a traffic accident, it can be difficult to know the steps to take to protect your legal rights. Unfortunately, some of the steps that you take immediately following an accident can have a profound impact on your accident claim. If you were injured in a traffic accident, we urge you to call (916) 999-9000 to speak with a Sacramento car accident attorney. Your first consultation is free of charge. We want you to know your rights and options for filing an accident claim.
Steps to Take After Any Traffic Accident
It may be too late for some people to take all these steps after a traffic accident; however, knowing these steps can help you with your current claim, and they can help if you or a family member is ever injured in another traffic accident.
- Call 911 immediately after the accident to report the collision and request emergency assistance.
You want to report the accident and obtain a police report for your records. Having a police report can make it easier to file a claim, especially if the officer determines the other driver caused the crash.
- Seek medical attention immediately.
If you do not go to the emergency room from the accident scene, you need to see your family doctor as quickly as possible for two reasons. The first reason is your health. You could be suffering from injuries that are not immediately apparent after a crash. If you suffered an injury, you need medical treatment. The second reason is your accident claim. A delay in medical treatment could impair your ability to recover full compensation for injuries.
- Document the accident scene.
If it is safe to do so, take pictures of the accident scene, including both vehicles, traffic signs, intersections, traffic signals, and the surrounding area. Ask for the names and contact information for any eyewitnesses to the crash. Some witnesses may leave before the police officer arrives.
- Do not provide statements or sign releases for the insurance adjuster for the other party until you consult with an attorney.
By providing statements and signing releases, you are giving the adjuster information he could use to deny or delay your claim.
- Keep detailed records and notes.
Document every conversation you have with anyone related to the accident. Retain copies of all receipts, invoices, and bills related to the crash or your injuries. You should also keep notes detailing your recovery, including your pain level and how the injuries impact your daily life.
- Avoid social media!
This is a new threat to personal injury claims. Attorneys for insurance companies search online profiles for information about you. Avoid posting on social media accounts, even if those accounts are private, until after you consult with an attorney.
A Very Important Step — Consult with Our Attorneys ASAP!
You need compassionate, experienced legal counsel to advise you of your legal rights. Take advantage of our offer for a free consultation to learn more about filing an accident claim and recovering money for your expenses and suffering.
Contact Tiemann Law Firm by telephone at (916) 999-9000 to request your free accident consultation.