What To Do After An Auto Accident
There are between 5 and 6 million auto accidents a year in the United States. In Texas alone, almost 300,000 people are injured each year in auto accidents. If you are involved in an auto accident, there are a few keys steps that you need to follow to make your experience run smoother.
Document The Accident Scene:
At the accident scene, make sure you fill out your accident scene questionnaire. The questionnaire will provide you with the information about the drivers and the accident. The information will give your insurance carrier and attorney the data so they can properly handle your claim.
Even after a low impact accident, many people’s bodies go into shock. You may not feel the effects of an accident on your body for a few days. This does not mean that you were not injured. However, many insurance companies will challenge a person’s injuries that are not manifested immediately.
Even if you feel ok, go get checked out. The exam will either confirm that you do not have any injuries or it will help you get on the path to recovery.
Let your insurance company know that you’ve been involved in an accident. Make sure they have your side of the story, so that when liability decisions are initially made, they will have your history of who was responsible for the accident.
Do not talk to the other driver’s insurance carrier unless your attorney is present. They are not your friend. Do not let them put words in your mouth by telling you what happened or how you should be doing. They will want to do a recorded statement. Make sure this is done through your attorney’s office.
Accidents can be traumatic and affect every aspect of your life. But, if you follow these simple steps, your experience will run a lot smoother.