A Quick Quide For Things To Do After Your Accident
Auto accidents happen more often than you think, and numbers suggest that it’s just a matter of time before you or a loved one is involved in some type of car accident. It’s easy to ignore this fact, but it’s best to be prepared for the situation when and if it does happen to you. When it does happen to you, it’s critical that you know what to do in order to protect your rights. Here is a quick guide of what you should do and how to deal with an injury immediately following the accident in a state with no-fault insurance law.
Some Things You Should Do Following The Accident
Document the scene with pictures – taking pictures of the accident scene is always a good idea to make sure that your side of the story is told truthfully. Make sure when documenting the scene that you take pictures from all angles and even pictures of things you might not think are important at the time. Often, it’s the pictures of seemingly non-important things such as tire marks, skid marks, potholes, etc. the and up making or breaking your accident case. Be as detailed as possible when taking pictures and clearly marked what each picture is, where it was taken, and when it was taken. With more and more people carrying cellular phones, you can bet that the other person involved in the accident will be taking pictures as well.
Call the Authorities
It is always highly recommended to call the police or emergency services following a serious accident. Not only will they send out medical staff, they are also able to secure the scene and redirecting traffic that may be backed up because of the accident. Obviously, the police will be wanting a statement as to your side of the story. I highly recommend calling a Michigan personal injury lawyer before making any statements to the police. Your attorney will let you know of any special circumstances and how you should best proceed.
Sometimes this can be rather difficult depending on the location of the accident, but try to track down as many potential witnesses as possible. Gather their names, addresses, e-mail, and any other contact information that they may have. You’ll need to contact these witnesses in the future so make sure that you take reliable notes. Many times, witnesses do not come forward right away but are more than willing to testify in court as to what they saw. Witnesses are a powerful asset and your Michigan auto accident attorney will utilized this testimony and evidence when recovering your damages.
Seek Medical Treatment – immediately following an accident can be a confusing and chaotic experience. You may have sustained injuries that would normally cause you a great deal of pain, but your adrenaline has kicked into high gear hiding your injuries. Make sure that you get checked out by a medical professional regardless if you feel that your injuries are serious. It’s also a good idea to document your doctor visits and also your follow-up visits which essentially will document your injuries for months following your injury.