Steps To Keep In Mind Following Your Car Accident
The actions you take in the minutes and hours after a serious car accident can have a big impact on your future. By making the right choices, you can make it significantly easier to get accurate, rightful compensation for your injuries.
Most people do not have a plan for what to do if they are hurt in a wreck because of a negligent driver. At Bollenbeck Fyfe, S.C., we have practiced personal injury law since 1953. We know exactly what victims should do to preserve their health and their legal rights. Here are four steps to take if you are ever injured in an accident.
Get Medical Attention
Your health comes first. Call 911 if you are able to. Even if you feel okay at the scene, make sure you get checked out by a doctor as soon as possible in case of delayed effects of the crash.
If you are well enough, take photos of the accident scene, the damage to your vehicle and your injuries. Get the names and contact information of any eyewitnesses. Tell your story to the police officer who reports to the scene to make sure it gets on the police report.
Exchange Insurance Information
Ask the other driver for their insurance company information and policy number. Note that if they do not have adequate collision insurance – or no auto insurance at all – you still may be able to recover compensation through your own insurer.
Call Your Attorney
Do not hesitate to call your personal injury lawyer after a wreck. Insurance companies often try to pressure victims to accept a low settlement figure by taking advantage of their lack of experience with personal injury law. By putting an attorney by your side, you avoid an unfair result.
For more information, call 920-949-0925 to reach Bollenbeck Fyfe, S.C., in Appleton, Wisconsin. You can also contact us online to schedule an appointment with one of our lawyers. We serve clients throughout the Fox River Valley.