THREE THINGS TO DO AFTER AN ACCIDENT – HELPFUL HINTS FROM LAS VEGAS PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERSFiled under Personal Injury
According to government statistics, there are more than 6 million car accidents per year in the United States. Each day, approximately 115 people die from car accident related injuries. Stated another way, a person dies every 13 minutes in America from a car accident.
Given these sobering statistics, it’s important for every driver to prepare for the worst. Listed below are three things to consider following a car accident.
Get Medical Attention
Following an accident, the most important thing to address are any injuries that might have occurred from the collision. Even if you feel alright, it is prudent to seek out medical care in order to make sure there are no serious injuries. It is extremely common for people to feel fine, but shaken up, following an accident only to experience more serious problems later. The human spine is delicate and problems resulting from a car accident can come to light later when they become aggravated by a subsequent event. For this reason, avoiding medical care following a car accident is just plain foolish. Either go to the hospital emergency room or make the first available appointment with a general physician or chiropractor.
Document What Occurred
Call the police! A police report will chronicle what occurred. Although the report may not be admissible as evidence in a court of law because it contains hearsay, it will help document what happened and will list other important information regarding events surrounding the accident. This information can be crucial and invaluable later. For example, the police officer may note the weather conditions at the time of the accident (i.e. heavy rain) which can be very important in determining whether the other driver was negligent in failing to exercise proper care.
Apart from the above, get the names and addresses of any witnesses that can provide helpful information regarding what happened. Memories fade with time. For this reason, collecting contact information from witnesses can be invaluable to a lawyer representing you.
See A Lawyer
Having an experienced and aggressive attorney by your side can make a huge difference when dealing with an insurance company. A good lawyer will formulate a strong demand package. In those situations where the insurance company is not willing to settle, a lawyer with significant litigation experience can aggressively pursue your claim in a court of law. Facing the prospect of a jury trial against a skilled and experienced adversary, an insurance company will think harder about settlement. Maximizing the best possible settlement starts with choosing the right lawyer. Make sure you put yourself in the driver’s seat when it comes to pursuing your claim.