Being involved in a preventable automobile accident can have devastating implications upon your life. Victims will likely face a number of difficulties as a result of the accident, such as injuries, medical expenses, loss of capabilities, and suffering. Taking the wrong steps and making mistakes after being the victim of an accident can damage your claim and impact your ability opportunity to obtain proper compensation, so it is important to be informed.
STEPS TO TAKE AFTER AN ACCIDENT
It is important to know what steps to take and what not to do after an accident. Our seasoned Nebraska personal injury attorneys can help you pursue justice for what you have lost and obtain the monetary damages you deserve. With more than 85 years of experience, we have the ability to change your circumstance from negative to positive. Below is a summary of what to do after an accident.
After impact, the first steps you should take are to move your vehicle to the shoulder of the road, if possible, and put your emergency flashers on so that other drivers know to go around you. If anyone in your vehicle or the other party’s vehicle is injured, you should call for medical attention at once. There are two primary points to remember throughout the entire situation. First, be cautious in all dialogue with individuals you speak with and do not admit liability. Whatever you say could be used against you later. Second, do not leave the scene of the accident. You may be charged with a hit and run and therefore, it is best to stay nearby the collision.
COLLECTING INFORMATION ON THE SCENE
Although it can take one quick moment and one reckless action to be involved in an accident, it may take a while to fix the damage. The steps to filing a personal injury claim can be complex and will require an understanding of what took place at the time of the accident. You will want to call the police so that they can make an official police report of the facts of the accident. These can be used to officially document all aspects of the situation for future insurance investigations and lawsuits.
Additionally, you and the other party should exchange personal contact and insurance information. You should ensure that you have the names, addresses and telephone numbers of all other drivers in the accident. If there are witnesses, you can ask them for their contact information. You should be careful what you say to the witnesses and to not admit liability.
As you observe the accident, take note of the facts surrounding the accident. You should document the time, date, and location of the collision as well as the weather and road conditions. To ensure that you have enough information to build a case, take pictures of the scene, the damage to your vehicle, and all vehicles involved. Photographs and written documentation are often serve as invaluable evidence when filing a personal injury claim. Lastly, contact your insurance agent to ask about the time limits for filing a claim for the accident. You should also ask them to investigate the accident to determine your losses.
A LAWYER CAN HELP WITH YOUR CAR ACCIDENT CLAIM
You will want to begin the claims process as soon as possible with the legal assistance of The Robert Pahlke Law Group. We can speak with the other party’s insurance company to ensure you are not taken advantage of or forced to settle for a claim that is less than what you deserve. Our Nebraska car accident attorneys can do what it takes to protect your legal rights. We understand the state laws pertaining to your case and are prepared to help you obtain the damages needed to cover your injuries.
Contact our firm at 308-633-4444 today to learn how you can seek compensation for injuries and losses caused by a negligent driver!