Car accidents can turn your life upside down. In addition to injuries, accident victims can experience emotional distress, loss of income, and other life stresses that extend far beyond the physical injuries themselves. There are some simple steps however, you can take when dealing with the aftermath of a car accident to make it a little less stressful. Here are some simple tips on what to do if you’ve been involved in a car accident.
Gather and Save Relevant Information
After an accident, you will be inundated with paperwork. Keeping all your accident-related information and documents together will help keep you organized. This includes claim numbers, contact information for your claims adjusters, insurance paperwork and letters, accident reports, medical bills, receipts for out of pocket expenses, a mileage log for your medical treatment, and a log of time missed from work.
Consult An Attorney
Whether you were at fault or not, speaking with an experienced personal injury lawyer is often necessary to guide you through the complex legal maze that follows a car accident. If you hire an attorney, you will no longer have to personally deal with insurance companies that often go to great lengths to obtain statements that are against your interest, or attempt to get you to settle your case for an amount that is far less than it’s fair value. If an insurance adjuster calls you after an accident, do not talk to them. Instead, inform them that you will be hiring a lawyer and that he or she will be contacting them in the near future. Hiring a lawyer will ensure that your rights are protected and that you are getting the benefits that you are legally entitled to receive.
Keep A Diary
Sometimes, it can take a year or more before your case is ready to settle. Because memories fade, it can be important to keep a diary of how your injuries have affected your day-to-day life to assist in presenting a complete damages picture to an insurance company.
Seek Medical Care and Abide by Your Doctor’s Recommendations
If you were injured, it is important that you seek treatment for your injuries. Make sure that your doctor understands that you are seeking treatment for car accident related injuries, and report each and every symptom you are experiencing. You should follow your doctor’s treatment recommendations. Failure to treat or to follow your doctor’s recommended treatment plan will be used against you by an insurance company claiming that you are not injured.
We understand that the time following your car accident can be a confusing and difficult time. Following the above steps can help the process run smoother. At Nelson Personal Injury, we have over 35 years experience representing the victims of car accidents. We will make sure that your rights are protected and that you are receiving the benefits you are entitled to receive. Call us today for a free consultation.