Being involved in a car accident can be an overwhelming experience. People are often in shock, they do not know what to do, and they can end up making mistakes that prevent them from getting the compensation they are owed for their damages. Keep reading to learn the six things you do not want to forget after being involved in a car accident and then contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.
- Get a Copy of the Police Report
- See a Doctor Even if You Do Not Think You Suffered Serious Injuries
- Take Photos
- Learn from the Accident
- Take Your Time to Rest and Recover
- Contact a Personal Injury Attorney
You need a copy of the police report because it will give the facts about damage to vehicles and information on witnesses. However, keep in mind that even if the report states that one party was at fault, this does not mean that this stands. Your attorney could argue that you were not at fault even if the police report says you were.
The sad truth is that some people suffer serious injuries in a car accident and are not aware of it for weeks or months. For example, they may suffer what they think is a minor headache, only to find out days later that it is a serious head injury. It is important to see a doctor so that you can rule out any invisible injuries that could otherwise cause serious long-term issues.
You should have pictures of both the scene of the accident and your injuries. You may not feel like documenting your suffering but this may be very important for an eventual personal injury case.
Even if you were not at fault, there may have been something you could have done to reduce the impact or prevent the accident. If that is the case, take the time to figure out what that is and learn from it. It can be easy to dwell on the negative aspects of the accident but we recommend thinking about what you can learn from it and take forward instead.
Do not try to bounce back too quickly. Follow all advice and recommendations from your doctor. If they tell you that you need to take time off of work, do that. Not only is the best way to ensure you get better as soon as possible, but it can be harder to get what you deserve in a personal injury case if you have not followed medical advice.
You can talk to a personal injury attorney for free. Reach out to The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 to request a free legal consultation. It may be that you do not need an attorney for your individual case, but it is best to at least talk to a lawyer to find out what your legal options are.