In the minutes following a severe crash, it’s easy for you to focus solely on taking care of your injury or assessing your property damage. It’s vital for you to stay calm amongst the shock and adrenaline you may experience in this difficult situation. These feelings can impact your ability to collect the right information to safeguard your rights.
The steps you take following the crash play a large role in your claim’s success. You must work carefully through the process to increase your chances of obtaining maximum compensation for your damages.
These are the most crucial steps that you should consider taking after a crash:
- Call a lawyer
- Exchange vital information
- Report your crash to law enforcement
- Take photos
- Get medical care
Call a Lawyer
You may think that your first call should be to insurance companies; however, you should know that they can often take advantage of your vulnerable situation. Contacting a lawyer gives you the chance to start your claim off right.
Your lawyer can manage the claim from the very beginning, speaking with insurance adjusters on your behalf. Unfortunately, insurance companies use various tactics to deny claims. An attorney can provide you with the resources and knowledge you need to combat those tactics.
Working with an attorney allows you to pursue maximum compensation.
Exchange Vital Information
You should exchange information with the other driver involved. The information you should get include:
- The driver’s license
- The driver’s insurance company information
- The driver’s vehicle’s license plate number
It can seem difficult to get this information in contentious situations or following a severe injury. However, when you can get information, make sure you get as much as possible. The more information you have, the better for your claim.
Report Your Crash to Law Enforcement
You might not need to call law enforcement unless a severe injury occurs or when there’s significant property damage. However, there are many situations that can arise in which you should contact a police officer to come out and create an accident report. If the other driver is not providing information or they threaten to leave the scene, law enforcement can help.
Evidence is crucial when building your claim. The more you can do to safeguard your rights, the better. Taking photos gives you the tools to provide accident reconstructionists with evidence they can use on your behalf. For instance, taking a picture of the angle of the vehicles and where the damage occurred can give a better idea of how the crash occurred.
Photos can also include the accident scene and visible injuries you may have sustained. Photos can help show the entire story to determine liability.
Get Medical Care
Your health should sit towards the top of your list of priorities after a crash, so be sure to seek medical care from a professional. Whether you go to the emergency room or get seen at the accident scene, you should work to get a diagnosis and treatment.
At Cook Law Office, PLLC, we know how challenging the moments following a severe crash can be. Between not knowing what to do next and wanting to protect your rights, it can be confusing to take the necessary steps to safeguard your claim. However, what you do matters.
Our Arizona car accident lawyers care about providing you with the highest level of care when you need it most. Trust that our team puts you first, and we go above and beyond to help your best interests. When insurance companies try to take advantage of your vulnerable situation, we will be there to help.