Steps To Take After A Car Accident
A motor vehicle accident can leave you with many hardships, including medical bills, wage loss, pain and suffering, and diminished quality of life. If you have been injured due to the negligence of another, you have the right to pursue compensation for your losses. The steps you take after an accident can have a significant impact on your legal claim.
At Jones | Raczkowski | Thomas, our personal injury attorneys handle motor vehicle accident claims for clients in Phoenix and throughout Arizona. We offer the following general tips on what to do after a car accident:
- Protect the scene. You want to prevent further accidents at all costs. Turn on your hazard lights and remove yourself from harm’s way.
- Notify the police of the accident. The police can not only secure the safety of those in the area, but also establish an accident report which will prove useful in the event of a personal injury claim.
- Take photos of the road, intersection, damage to the vehicles and other important elements of the accident.
- Get medical treatment. Follow your doctor’s orders, and do not discontinue treatment until you have recovered.
While your personal safety is of paramount importance, it is also critical that you protect your legal rights. If you have been injured and you believe someone else was to blame, one of the most important steps you can take is to contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Talk to your own lawyer before making statements to insurance companies. You could lose important rights.