Call the Authorities:
The police will help memorialize the situation, and they will create a police report about the car accident, sometime identifying who they believe is to be at fault.
Get Medical Treatment:
If you believe that you are injured or are unsure, you should go immediately to the hospital, either with a family member or friend driving you, or in an ambulance. However, injuries often arise months after car accidents occur, so it nevertheless is important to see a doctor to make sure there are no injuries that you are unaware of.
Get the contact information for all drivers, passengers, and witnesses of the car accident. Other important information to collect includes insurance information, VIN numbers, and license plate numbers of all vehicles involved.
It is a good idea to always keep a camera in your car, whether disposable or digital. Take pictures of the vehicles involved in the accident, as well as the surroundings and any skid marks on the road. Also, take pictures of any visible injuries on your body.
Call a Car Accident Attorney:
An experienced car accident attorney will know how to build your case, preserve your rights, and then deal with the insurance companies and their adjustors. An experienced car accident attorney will also be able to take the insurance company to task if they will not give you the compensation you deserve, by filing a lawsuit and proceeding towards trial.
Car accident law is confusing and complex, and you should never admit fault because you may not actually know who was legally at fault. Your car accident attorney will investigate the situation for you, and will be able to better determine where fault lies. If you do admit fault, then you may be denied compensation that you deserve.
Leave the Scene:
Never leave the scene of an accident. This is not only illegal, but it will surely diminish your chances for getting fair compensation for the injuries that you suffered – regardless of who was at fault.
Do not wait for the insurance company to contact you. Do not wait to contact a car accident attorney. Doing so can severely limit the outcome of your car accident claim. The insurance companies will not wait to work against your case with their army of attorneys and adjustors – all trained to limit the compensation that you deserve.
Do not sign any papers presented to you by any insurance company without first consulting an experienced car accident attorney. Doing so may prevent you from recovering compensation for your claim.
If you have been involved in a car accident, the most important thing that you can do is to contact an experienced car accident attorney. If you were involved in a car accident in West Virginia, please feel free to contact me for a free consultation regarding your case.
– John H. Bryan, West Virginia Car Accident Attorney.