It is never easy to recover from a car accident. They happen every day and can happen to anyone. Consequences can be life-changing, and the injuries sustained could have a permanent effect on the victim.
Millions of people in the United States suffer every year from car accidents. According to the statistics, around 20 percent of all people involved in car accidents pay the ultimate price, 55 percent end up with minor to moderate injuries, while 25 percent of individuals end up with permanent disabilities and damages.
Here are the best things you can do right after a car accident.
Call The Ambulance and The Police
If you are able to, call 911 and request immediate help. Both the ambulance and the police will arrive on the scene in no time. You and everyone else who got injured will be taken care of. If you are able to, before you leave with the ambulance, talk to the police and tell them what happened. Do not admit any guilt, but simply tell them how the accident came to be (from your perspective). Be as thorough as you can at that moment, and involve every little detail. Ask the police to provide you (or send you) a copy of the report.
Once you are taken to the hospital, the doctors will check you for any personal injuries. You will be given the right treatment and medication. In the end, you will be provided by a copy of the doctor’s report (if you are not given one, ask for it).
Use both of these reports to establish a strong foundation for your car accident case. Let your attorney (assuming that you have one) take care of it while you focus on your recovery. If you don’t have an attorney, get in touch with our car accident attorneys in Virginia and seek their professional help.
Speak With The Insurance Company
You will be contacted by the insurance company. If you are a victim of the accident, the insurance adjusters will try and “sell you” an offer, one that is “too good to refuse”. Keep in mind that this initial offer is nothing close to what you should really get, and for that reason, it may be a smart decision to refuse it or talk to your attorneys before deciding to accept it.
Also, you should contact your insurance company. They may have additional instructions for you, based on the details of the accident.
File a Claim
Once your attorney has investigated the case, you will be able to file a claim against the at-fault driver whose negligence caused the accident. Filling a claim is easy, but winning the case takes time and is never a certain thing. It may be 6 to 18 months before you see a single dollar from this case. For that reason, it may be wise to start saving your money as you may not be able to go to work in the following period due to your injuries. Keep in mind that once everything is settled, our Virginia car accident lawyers will do everything in their power to help you obtain the compensation for your:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Property damages