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By: Capital Injury Law

Know What to Do After a Car Accident

It can be hard to know what to do after a car accident.

In life, we have all kinds of accidents – bike, home, sports and, one of the most common, a car accident. None of them are pleasant, but how we react can help us get through them.

It can be an emotionally and physically jarring experience to be involved in a car accident, interrupting not only your day, but, in many instances, your health and wellbeing. At Capital Injury Law, we encourage every driver to utilize the important checklist below when involved in a car accident.

What to do after a car accident

At the accident scene:

Stop at the nearest, safest point of the accident scene.
Render aid to a passenger or other motorist if you are physically able.
Call the police – they are trained accident investigators.
Do not make statements on who or what caused the accident.

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Immediately after the accident:

Consult an attorney immediately.
Do not take calls from insurance representatives or investigators.
Inform your insurance company of the accident and make sure you have adequate coverage.

Finally, If you have the physical capacity to take photos at the scene, be sure to capture shots of the vehicles involved and the overall scene. And be sure to get the names and contact information from any eyewitnesses.

All these steps are measures that protect you from doing anything that may jeopardize your ability to file and win a personal injury claim later. These steps are what to do after a car accident.

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We know our clients aren’t thrilled to “sue” anyone. But, it’s important to know that regardless of that stigma of hiring legal representation, it is absolutely critical to have someone to represent your best interests. Insurance adjusters are trained to settle every claim for the lowest possible amount, but that settlement may not cover medical costs, lost wages, long-term physical therapy or other medical treatments needed due to the accident. That’s where a seasoned attorney, like those at Capital Injury Law, can help you.

Capital Injury Law’s expert team is here to walk you through the personal injury claim process and support you in determining your path forward after a car accident. It’s not easy to know what to do after a car accident, but we are truly here to help!

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