At Ross, Midian & Breitmayer, LLC, we are well aware of how complicated things can get following a car crash involving someone else’s negligence. You have to figure out how to recover from your injuries while also dealing with insurance companies and adjusters who work to determine fault in the collision.
Unfortunately, you may encounter numerous obstacles as you go through the process. Having a lawyer on your side can help alleviate the stress you may endure during this difficult time. Before hiring a lawyer, though, you should know the steps to take immediately after a car accident that help you protect your right to pursue compensation.
Here are 5 steps you should take after a car accident:
- Exchange information with the other driver(s) involved
- Report your collision
- Collect all helpful evidence
- Seek medical care
- Hire legal counsel
In a car accident claim, showing the other driver’s negligence is imperative. The steps you take help make this possible, along with assistance from a strong legal team that knows how to utilize your evidence.
Call our firm today at (614) 450-2223 and discuss your potential case with our firm in a free consultation.
You should collect information from the other driver(s) involved to help provide to your insurance provider. The information you should gather includes the following:
- License plate number
- Vehicle make and model
- Driver’s license information
- Contact information
- Insurance policy and contact information
The more information you can provide your insurance provider and legal counsel, the easier it is to communicate your needs for compensation. Your insurance provider can also determine what coverage the responsible driver has to cover your losses.
Report the Crash
Reporting the accident is imperative, but you want to make sure you’re reporting it to the right people. You want to report the crash to your insurance provider, as well as local law enforcement. Reporting your crash to local law enforcement is important if there’s significant property damage or if you or someone else suffers severe injuries.
Local law enforcement can provide an accident report with statements from all involved parties to help prove liability in a case.
Evidence is imperative when pursuing compensation because it helps to show the scope of the damage and liability. Evidence you should collect includes the following:
- Photos of the accident scene
- Photos of damages to all vehicles
- Photos of any visible injuries
- Witness contact information
If you have willing witnesses, you should request a written statement with the witness’s signature and contact information. Providing your insurance company and legal team relevant evidence can be very beneficial to your case.
Seek Medical Care
Your health should be one of your top priorities and getting medical care should be done soon after the crash occurs. Seeing a doctor helps you begin your treatment for whatever injuries you sustain, and it provides you with a medical record that can help aid your claim for compensation. Your medical records can show how severe the injuries are, what treatment may be necessary, and more.
Hire Legal Counsel
It’s important to have someone on your side who recognizes the tactics insurance providers use to pay out as little as possible in car accident claims. Recorded statements, their own medical professionals, and delays in investigations can become troublesome for your claim. Working with a lawyer helps you protect your rights.
At Ross, Midian & Breitmayer, LLC, we’re committed to helping you through the most complex legal situations possible. Our team goes above and beyond to guide you every step of the way, safeguarding your rights and working to hold negligence accountable. Trust that our Columbus car accident attorneys have the knowledge and experience necessary to pursue the compensation and justice you deserve.
Call our firm today at (614) 450-2223. We offer free consultations, so you can get answers to your questions before deciding on legal counsel.