At a moments notice your entire life can be turned around due to a car accident. You can lose a friend or family member in the car accident, incur a significant property loss, may find yourself arrested or in legal trouble, or can incur a significant physical injury that can impair your ability to live your life the way in which you are used to.
These factors can significantly impede your life and a car accident is no laughing matter. When you are in a car accident it is a good idea to take the following steps in order to minimize the impact of your accident to whatever extent possible.
Assess Your Post-Accident Situation
After a car accident, you are likely to be in a bit of shock and uncertain as to just what happened to you as a result of your accident. Spend some time to understand your current condition. Are you in any pain or incur any specific property losses as a result of the accident? What condition are you, your co-travelers, and your vehicle in? Is this car accident likely to have any lasting impacts on your life going forward?
Seek Medical Attention
If you are in any specific pain or have fear of future pain coming, then you should seek medical attention right away. Doing so will provide two major benefits. The first is obvious; visiting a doctor will allow you to get the care that you need to feel better or to help to minimize the negative health impact of your car accident. The second major benefit is less obvious. When you visit a doctor you have a written document trail by a professional of the injuries that you suffered in the car accident. This can be a valuable benefit in case of a future lawsuit.
Contact the Police
It is important to also contact the police major and even minor traffic accidents. It is likely that the police will come to the scene of the accident, invited or not, but if they don’t show up on their own be sure to contact them so that they can document the accident that occurred and provide some documentation regarding the accident scene and the circumstances surrounding the accident.
Understand What Happened
Perform some overall assessment of what led to the car accident. There are many different causes of car accidents. A failure in the car machinery could have led to the damage that you are experiencing in your vehicle. Alternatively, you may have been hit by a negligent vehicle or by a drunk driver. Understanding what led to your car accident could help you to understand what your course-of-action should be.
Contact Our Car Accident Attorney
If your car accident was not your fault, and even if it is partially your fault, then you might be able to recover some compensation for your injury. In some cases, this is essential due to the loss of life or significant medical bills that could accumulate post injury. James (Jamie) W. Sutton III, Attorney-at-Law, focuses a large portion of his practice on personal injury cases and has the experience and expertise to assist you in holding the responsible party accountable. Our law firm is in Feasterville, Pennsylvania, which allows our attorneys to assist residents of nearby towns like Bensalem and Levittown.