The effects of even a minor car accident can sometimes be jarring. Car accident victims are often panicked from their obvious physical injuries or shocked by the sudden loss or use of their vehicles. Despite those setbacks, it's important to keep your wits about you. You should know that the steps you take in the immediate aftermath of your car accident can sometimes have long-lasting ramifications.
If you are not seriously injured, then you should consider collecting some evidence geared towards finding out who caused the accident and assessing the damage sustained by your vehicle. Photographs are useful here. It's important to write down everything you can. The names and contact information of any available witnesses to the accident can be extremely useful to you at a later date. Take a moment to memorialize your conversation with them as well. Write down any pertinent details they offer. Notify the responsible party that you intend on filing a claim for your injuries and property damage.
It's also important to maintain the momentum of your recovery initiative once you have left the scene. Be sure to keep track of your medical expenses including the receipts for any medications you may have purchased. If possible, reach out to the witnesses you interviewed at the scene. Sometimes, a phone call a few days later will garner tidbits of information you may not have previously known.
It is also important to reach out to your personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Insurance companies working for the person responsible for your accident may be attempting to talk to you and get you to sign away your rights. Your attorney can advise you on taking actions to preserve your claims. Your attorney may also want to conduct some further evidence collection of his or her own. The sooner you start that process the more likely they will be able to avoid evidence being lost or witnesses moving out of contact.
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