When you’re in a collision you usually go into shock. It can be tough to remember in that moment what you need to do, or who you need to call. Car accidents are extremely frightening, and the aftermath is not easy. According to the NHTSA Traffic Safety Facts of 2019, 2.35 million people were injured in a motor vehicle accident. We at Goicoechea Law think it’s important to outline 3 helpful tips for after you have been in a collision:
1. Call 911 to notify your local authorities and ambulance if you are injured
Right after you have been in a collision and if you’re conscious, the first thing you should do is give your local authorities a call. Depending on your injuries or those of the other driver involved in the collision, this is how you can ask for emergency services. Once you dial 911, an officer will be sent to your location, investigate, and write a Vehicle Collision Report, and may issue a citation to the at-fault party. It is very important to document the collision. Take photographs of all of the damages that your vehicle has incurred, along with any other relevant evidence of the crash, such as road hazards.
2. Contact your insurance Company
Make sure when you speak with an insurance representative to be very specific about the crash. Try to remember the road conditions or the weather from that day. Send the photos you captured from the collision and walk-through the accident. All of these precautionary measures can help you with your claim.
3. If you are injured, seek medical treatment as soon as possible
It is best to present to Urgent Care if you cannot see your family physician right away. Seek follow up care as directed by your physician or Urgent Care provider. Often times diagnostic images are ordered. If prescribed, it may be necessary to attend treatment or physical therapy.
Personal injury involves any situation where you are injured due to the fault of another. The most common personal injuries are the result of an auto accident. It is important to follow these tips because ultimately they help you. If you’re in need of an accident attorney, contact us. Goicoechea Law Offices has been a champion for the injured in Boise, Nampa, and Twin Falls for 40 years. Call us today for a free consultation.