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What should I do after a car accident? 4 steps

On Behalf of | Jun 17, 2024 | Car Accidents |

After a car accident, you may be able to recover damages. By filing a car accident claim, you may receive compensation for medical bills, vehicle repair costs, financial difficulties and pain and suffering. However, to help bolster your accident case, there are a few steps you should consider doing after a car accident.

If you have been in a car accident, here are the steps to take:

1. Call the police

Immediately after the accident, it will behoove you to call the police. The police should arrive at the scene of the accident to make a report. This report should detail when and where the accident took place, who was involved and how it may have happened. This report is often crucial for a car accident case.

2. Get a medical examination

To help get maximum compensation for your injuries and medical expenses, you should consider getting a medical examination. You can get an examination by a paramedic at the scene of the accident. This initial medical report and a follow-up report with your doctor or an ER physician can help tie your injuries to the wreck and determine what damages you may recover. 

3. Gather evidence

To help prove liability, there are a few pieces of evidence you can collect. You may find an eyewitness who can account for how the accident occurred. You could also use dash camera video or surveillance cameras near the accident to show the events that led to the accident. 

4. Negotiate a settlement offer

You may be offered an initial settlement offer by an insurance company. This first offer is likely below what you could recover if you know how to negotiate with insurance agents. You can get legal help to negotiate with the insurance companies and pursue a claim.