There are numerous things you should do after being involved in a car crash and a few things you should not do after a crash.
Most importantly, always call the police. Even if the other driver is hesitant to do so, especially if it’s their fault, calling the police will ensure that the crash is documented. An official crash report can be helpful for any future possible claims. Second, take pictures of all the vehicles involved and any injuries you or your passengers may have suffered. Third, report the crash to your auto insurance company.
If you intend to hire an attorney, don’t wait. If you retain a lawyer, the lawyer will contact that adverse driver’s insurance company to open a claim on your behalf. If you decide not to hire an injury attorney, you should contact the at-fault driver’s insurance company on your own. However, you should NOT agree to provide a recorded statement to them.
You have no obligation to give a statement with the adverse driver’s insurance company. You do have a responsibility to cooperate with your own insurance company who may want a report from you.
Again, if you plan on retaining an attorney, always speak with the attorney or get an attorney before you offer any statements to your insurance company.
If you are injured, obtain medical treatment as soon as you can following the crash. If you have health insurance, you should insist that the medical provider use your health insurance to pay for your treatment. While they might have the right to decline your insurance when there is a third party at fault, you should demand that they use your health insurance.
A crash can change your life in many ways, causing lots of challenges. Hiring an experienced injury attorney will help you get through the obstacles, especially as you are trying to heal from any injuries.
If you’ve been involved in a crash, contact the Leader Law Firm for a free case evaluation. We will ask your questions and help you determine the best way forward.