The sudden onset of a car accident can leave individuals unaware of what to do next. If you are involved in a car accident with a negligent drive, remember the following steps:
- Injuries & Medical Attention
Immediately following the collision check to see if you or any passengers in your vehicle are injured. It is common for adrenaline to dull the pain and soreness immediately following the collision. Take great care in assessing your need for medical attention. While many people decide to “tough it out” immediately following a car accident, the best thing you can do for yourself is to be immediately examined by a medical professional to ensure there are no internal injuries of which you are unaware.
- Call 911
After your initial examination of yourself and your passengers for injuries you will need to call 911. This will ensure prompt medical attention if needed and to get police on the scene. Police reports after a car accident are highly important to a personal injury case. Indiana law requires a police report following a car accident that resulted in injuries. The report will contain critical information regarding the at-fault driver and his/her insurance company.
- Documents & Pictures
Even with the police writing their report you should collect as much information and pictures of your own (if possible). Attempt to take pictures of the accident, damage, and any injuries. Write down any information you remember at that time as to how the accident occurred.
- Call an attorney
Call an attorney once you are ready to move forward with starting your personal injury case. A personal injury attorney is able to assist in preserving all evidence of the collision and your injuries. An attorney will guide you on the viability of your case and provide you with the next steps in the process.
Motor vehicle collisions happen quickly and often without warning. As time passes, it becomes more difficult to recall the events surrounding the collision. Keep documents outlining your recollection of the events and call an attorney for assistance as soon as you are able. Beasley & Gilkison, LLP is here to assist in your personal injury case and answer any questions you may have.
About the author: Aubrey J. Crist is a graduate of Muncie Southside High School, Ball State University, and the University of Dayton School of Law.