The moments after a car accident are unlike anything else. Those who have been struck by another vehicle may be completely overwhelmed and unsure of how to react. It is vital that certain tasks be completed after a car accident in order to help prevent worsened injuries as well as increase the likelihood of receiving financial compensation for the accident.
Always Get Injuries Checked Out By a Medical Professional
Many people who have been injured in car accidents are quick to dismiss their own injuries. They may not want to spend the time and energy getting evaluated by a doctor or may worry about medical bills and ambulance fees. However, it is always a good idea to seek medical attention when you are hurt in an accident. Even injuries that seem minor at the time can quickly become serious medical concerns when left untreated. The hormone adrenaline often called the “fight or flight” hormone, has significant pain-masking properties. When something traumatic like a car accident occurs, the adrenaline released into the victim’s bloodstream can trick them into believing they are much less injured than they actually are. Having a record of injuries becomes invaluable if the injured person seeks financial compensation through a personal injury suit in the future.
Always Call the Police
Sometimes a person who causes a car accident will ask the other motorist involved not to call the police. Be very cautious in this situation. A person who is unwilling to involve police may be hiding more serious criminal activity or is trying to get out of paying for damages. Dialing 911 or otherwise contacting police after a car accident ensures that the details of the accident will be officially recorded through a police report. You will need this information if you choose to seek compensation for damages caused by the accident. Even if you think you might be at fault for the accident, always involve the police.
Take Photographs and Record As Much Information as Possible
If possible, take pictures of the accident scene, damage to vehicles and property, and your own injuries. Obtain contact and insurance information from the other motorist(s) involved. Recording the circumstances surrounding the accident is also important. It can be extremely hard to remember details about what happened – especially if you are experiencing the pain of an injury. Writing down details about the accident keeps them as accurate as possible should the details of the accident come into question in the future.
Hurt in a Car Accident? We Can Help.
Contact the experienced Wheaton personal injury attorneys at Walsh, Knippen & Cetina, Chartered today if you have been hurt in an accident. Call us at 630-462-1980 for a free consultation and case evaluation.