What Steps Should I Take Upon Receiving a Car Accident Injury?

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Enduring injuries due to a car accident that was of no fault of your own is already disappointing, but having to go through it alone is just not right. If you would like assistance in filing a personal injury claim to gain the financial compensation that you rightfully deserve, continue reading to learn how an experienced Tampa car accident lawyer at Merricks Law Group can help you approach it.

What should I do immediately after receiving a car accident injury?

As for all personal injury claims, a car accident injury claim will require you to fulfill the burden of proof to establish the negligence of the other driver. To do so, below are the steps you should follow to build a solid defense:

  1. Call 911: The law enforcement officer will conduct a police report. This is important to do even if it was a minor fender bender, as this document is critical for your case.
  2. Document the details: Take photos and videos of the scene of the accident, including your injuries and any hazards that played a role. If safe, do this before removing the vehicles and debris from the road.
  3. Exchange information: Collect the personal information of the other party, including their name, contact information, driver’s license number, insurance company name, and insurance policy number. Additionally, collect any witnesses’ contact information.
  4. Seek medical treatment: The law enforcement officer will call for medical attention on your behalf. When they arrive on the scene, allow them to attend to you as soon as possible. This is important to do even if you do not feel hurt, as some injuries like concussions, whiplash, or internal bleeding are not immediately obvious.
  5. Contact your insurance company: You will need to provide details about the accident and whatever documentation you may have to make a claim.
  6. Contact an attorney: We advise that you talk to a skilled Tampa auto accident lawyer as soon as possible. Our firm will evaluate your case and your eligibility for financial compensation.

What should I avoid doing after receiving a car accident injury?

Firstly, it is crucial that you do not leave the scene of the accident before exchanging personal information with the other party and until you receive verbal permission to leave from the present law enforcement officer. Otherwise, you may be charged with a hit-and-run.

Additionally, while it is crucial to receive medical attention at the scene, it is equally crucial to receive follow-up care. If your follow-up care is inconsistent or ineffective, your insurance company and the other party’s attorney can argue the severity of your injury and its correlation between your injury and the accident.

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Merricks Law Group handles a wide array of injury claims, including injuries sustained in auto accidents, slip and falls, and more. Contact Merricks Law Group today.

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