The aftermath of an auto accident is a confusing, stressful, and often painful time. It can be difficult to think straight after a crash that leaves you injured, but if you’re capable of doing so, following a few steps—and avoiding a few mistakes—can help you protect your health and your right to compensation.
After the crash, DO:
- Get medical attention—Even if you don’t think you were seriously injured, getting medical attention helps prove your injuries are accident-related and rules out internal injuries.
- Get the other driver’s contact information—Exchange insurance details with the other driver and get their name, phone number, and email address.
- Get a lawyer—Having a Roanoke auto accident lawyer on your side right away after a crash can improve your chances of getting compensation, especially when evidence is still easily obtained.
After the crash, DON’T:
- Leave the scene before police arrive—Always call 911 after the crash, and never assume someone else already has. When police arrive, remain at the scene until either you leave with EMS or you’re told you can go.
- Admit fault for the accident—Admitting partial or full fault for the crash can jeopardize your chances of getting compensation, even if it’s later proven you didn’t cause the accident.
- Exaggerate or downplay your injuries—When talking to the police, your doctor, or your lawyer, always be truthful about your injuries. Making false statements about your injuries can jeopardize your chances of getting a settlement.
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