Were you just involved in an auto accident? Are you unsure of what to do next? Please don’t panic. The aftermath of motor vehicle collisions can be quite disorienting, regardless of whether you have been visibly injured or not. But please don’t worry. A law firm can help.
First, if anyone involved in the collision requires emergency medical attention, call for assistance right now. Every other important thing you will need to consider in the aftermath of an accident can wait until necessary emergency medical attention is administered.
Second, do not go anywhere. If you have already fled the scene, go back and when you have arrived at the scene again, call a lawyer. If you have not fled the scene but are tempted to do so, DON’T. You are grappling with a primal “fight or flight” response right now. Resist the urge to flee. Your future will be dramatically impacted if you flee or fail to go back to the scene if you have already fled.
Third, please call a law firm right now. You may be tempted to admit wrongdoing, to speak with the police without an attorney present and/or do any number of other things that could potentially endanger your legal options down the road. Call for assistance. It is okay to ask for help.
Other Car Accident Aftermath “No-Nos”
Please do not apologize to anyone and please do not lose your temper. Both of these reactions are human and are normal in the wake of an accident, but they could limit your legal options later on. To the extent you can, remain quiet while you wait for a lawyer to arrive unless they have advised you differently. In addition, please do not call your insurance company yet or speak to a representative of anyone else’s insurance company. This can wait until your lawyer can provide you with experienced guidance.
Legal Guidance Is Available
If you have recently been involved in a motor vehicle collision, please seek emergency medical attention, if necessary. If you do not require emergency medical care, please remain at the scene and call a law firm now. Once they know more about your situation, they will be able to advise you of what your next steps should be. Chances are that you will benefit from waiting to speak with anyone at the scene until a member of a law firm arrives to assist you. However, your lawyer may advise you to obtain the contact information of any witnesses and others involved in the accident while they are en route. They may also ask you to snap pictures of the scene before any evidence related to the collision can become compromised.
The aftermath of an accident is almost always disorienting. But you are not alone. Just remember, your priorities are to seek medical attention if you have been injured and require care right now. If your medical needs are relatively minor and you may be able to wait to be evaluated by a physician, please contact a car accident lawyer now and they will walk you through your next steps.