It is totally natural to feel confused, frustrated, scared, and a whole host of other negative emotions right after you've been hurt in a car accident. In a situation like that, it's only natural that you can't think quite as clearly as you normally can. However, it is especially important that you make smart decisions in the accident aftermath. The way that you act after the car wreck can directly impact the compensation you get later, in fact. But how do you make those smart decisions during all that turmoil? Keep reading to find out a simple three-part checklist for after any car accident injury.
1. Get Help Now
If you can only think of one thing after the accident, think of this: Get help immediately! Don't waste time hashing out the accident (or worse, getting in a dispute!) with the other people involved. Contact the police by dialing "911" and stating that you were injured in a wreck.
Don't try to move, and don't try to move your vehicle. You could destroy evidence of the accident, in addition to making your injury worse. Simply stay still and wait for help to arrive. The police will bring emergency personnel including fire trucks and ambulances along with them, so one call will take care of all the emergency needs in most cases.
2. Get the Medical Treatment You Need
After an auto accident is not the time to be stoic. If you are injured in any way, you need immediate medical attention. Accept the ambulance transport when it is offered and allow the emergency room staff to evaluate your injuries. This will allow you to start treatment -- and healing -- as quickly as possible.
In some cases, the emergency room doctors may recommend following up with your regular physician after an auto accident. Even if there appear to be no serious injuries after the accident, damages like brain injury may not show up until later. Therefore, further evaluation is wise (especially when the doctors recommend it.)
3. Get an Auto Accident Attorney to Help
As soon as possible after starting treatment for your injuries, contact an auto accident lawyer. This is an essential part of navigating an injury case for one main reason: The attorney can negotiate the best possible settlement for you.
Nearly all auto accident cases (about 96 percent) are settled before they reach court. The insurance company tends to have a healthy respect for a lawyer's negotiating skills, and they want to avoid a costly court fight if at all possible. Allow the lawyer to negotiate aggressively, and you'll have the best possible chance of getting full compensation for your injury (and maybe even more!).
For professional legal help, contact a lawyer such as Carl L. Britt, Jr.
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