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Being in a car accident is scary. It's also often quite frustrating because it's not exactly an everyday event for people, so most accident victims aren't sure how to handle themselves in the aftermath of a wreck.
If you've recently been in a car accident, here are some of the most important questions you may have and the answers you need to move forward:
1. You've just been in a car wreck. What do you do right now?
First, see if anyone is hurt and call 911. Do not move your car unless it's an absolute necessity for safety's sake. If the other driver tries to talk you out of calling the police and turning in an insurance claim in exchange for cash because the damage seems minor, do not agree. Even if you don't feel hurt right now, you may have injuries that are being masked by adrenaline. Just disengage from the driver and don't continue conversing. Say nothing about what might have caused the accident so that it can't later be repeated in court. Wait until the police officer arrives to exchange the insurance and contact information with the other driver.
2. You're waiting on the police. What else can you do?
Take photos of the accident scene, if at all possible. Your cell phone camera is fine. Get pictures of the traffic conditions, the weather conditions, the debris in the road, your car's damage, the other car's damage, any skid marks, and anything else you think is important. You should also get the names and contact information of any witnesses that stopped to help if they saw the accident happen. All of those things may help you later if you have to file a claim against the other driver or even file a lawsuit to get fair compensation.
3. The insurance company adjuster is calling later in the day. Should you just go ahead and answer his or her questions?
No. Nor should you allow yourself to be recorded. The insurance adjuster, no matter how personable, has one job — to save money for the insurance company. Your statements could be used against you in ways that you don't anticipate, so the best thing to do is to tell the insurance adjuster that you will get in contact later.
4. You're not sure you were hurt in the accident. Do you really need an attorney?
By the time you realize that you have a whiplash injury, a shoulder injury from the seat belt, or an injured back, several days may have passed. Seek medical attention immediately and then contact a car accident lawyer as soon as possible. You probably don't have the experience to put a fair value on your claim and your attorney can navigate the issues with the insurance adjuster more skillfully than you can on your own.
Finally, take a deep breath and relax. Once you have an attorney helping you, your main focus should be on healing.
For more information, contact a car accident lawyer.