No one wants to think about car accidents when out on the road. But they do happen. If you’re in a car accident through no fault of your own, then you will want to take every precaution to ensure you receive just compensation if you decide to later pursue a lawsuit.
Learn more about key mistakes to avoid following a serious car accident from the experienced auto and personal injury attorneys at Hinton & Powell in Atlanta, GA. Our advanced legal team is here to help you if you’ve been injured and need to seek legal recompense.
Any car accident is a jarring experience, so it is natural to want to get out of the car as fast as possible. However, please remember to move your car off the road and away from any traffic. Failing to do so can lead to a series of additional accidents.
It is crucial to check for injuries right away for everyone involved in the accident. If you are injured, don’t make the mistake of hiding it or pretending everything is fine. Internal injuries are always a possibility and there is no reason not to be safe and get it checked out.
You must also remember to call the police right away. And if there are injuries, do not forget to ask for an ambulance. You may be saving your life or the life of someone else by following this simple step of asking for help.
Do not feel embarrassed to call for an ambulance even if you are just sore. We have seen too many examples of an ache leading to a serious injury.
Taking photos of the entire scene is a crucial step after every single car accident. If you skip this step and drive home, you may notice something later on that wasn’t addressed at the scene or documented by the police officer.
Do not feel rushed at the scene of an accident. You can take as much time as you need to document every car involved once you have taken the steps of moving out of the way of traffic, checking for injuries, and calling the police.
Do not let another driver rush you to get out of there. This is your time to make sure every single thing is documented in order to protect yourself and your claims in the future.
Not exchanging insurance information may be the biggest mistake of all. Forgetting this step can create unnecessary problems — and if someone claims they don’t have insurance, address that with the officer on the scene.
Let’s say you get in a minor accident and don’t call the police. It is then even more important to exchange information. If you don’t and you are injured or your car is damaged there is a strong possibility you are left without any case to be made and another driver who gets off without penalty. That is the last thing any of us want and – unfortunately — it happens more than it should.
The team at Hinton & Powell is committed to getting you justice following a car accident. Be sure to follow the above steps following any accident so we can put together the best possible case! Contact us today to schedule a free consultation and make sure you are in the best hands following an accident.