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As anyone who has been in an auto-accident can tell you, the aftermath of an accident can be an incredibly stressful and confusing time. As our minds race, it can be easy to forget simple, yet important details, information, and actions that may be very important later. At Law Offices of Rafael Shpelfogel, we specialize in injury and accident lawsuits, and help those involved in auto accidents every day. With an understanding of how difficult things can be directly after an accident, we have created a short list of steps that you should make sure to take should you ever be involved in an auto accident.
Where to Start After an Accident: A Step by Step Checklist
Make sure that you are somewhere safe.
Your safety is your number one priority. This is why the first and most important thing to do after being involved in an accident is to make sure that you are somewhere safe. If you are on a freeway and waiting for assistance to arrive, never wait in your vehicle as a careless driver may strike it.
Assess the Situation
Make sure that you, as well as anyone else involved in the accident is okay, or if there is anyone in need of medical attention.
It is extremely important to get all of the necessary information about anyone else involved in the accident including: Other Drivers Name, License Plate Number, Address, Phone Number, Car Make and Model, Drivers License Number, Insurance Company, and Policy Number.
Document the Damage
Take careful note of any and all damages to your vehicle that has occurred as a result of the accident. If you carry a cellular phone with a camera, it is a good idea to take several pictures in order to provide visual proof of the damage.
File an Accident Report
A police report containing the details of the accident is important to the process of determining who was at fault.
Contact an attorney
Once the accident has been documented and report filed, it is essential that you contact an attorney to act on your behalf right away. Never speak to, or answer questions, to anyone from the other party’s insurance provider, as insurance representatives are notorious for twisting words to make it appear as if you were at fault. Leave all of the talking to your legal representative.
If you are ever involved in an auto accident, just follow these six simple steps to make sure that you will be okay and have all of the information you need to move forward.
And remember, the legal experts and personal injury attorneys at Law Offices of Rafael Shpelfogel specialize in auto-accidents, and are available anytime to ensure that you receive all of the medical care and compensation that you need after an accident.
3 Reasons to Get an Accident Lawyer
According to the U.S. Census there are more than 10 million car accidents per year, Every year, thousands of car accident victims don’t get the compensation they deserve. Don’t be one of them! Call 1-855-298-3550 to find an experienced attorney you can trust.
Here are 3 ways a car accident lawyer can help you:
Get the compensation you really deserve.
A study by the Insurance Resource Council found that accident victims with legal representation were compensated up to three times more than those who did not have an accident attorney. Don’t make the mistake of thinking you aren’t owed compensation if your injuries or damages seem minor – or that you don’t need help from an attorney. With an experienced lawyer on your side, you can get fair compensation for injuries, property damages, lost wages and more.
Save time and hassle.
You’ve already been through the trauma of a car accident, you don’t need more headaches. Don’t waste precious time trying to figure things out on your own. An experienced lawyer will take care of everything for you.
Protection from unfair settlements.
Too many car accident victims wind up accepting unfair settlements from insurance companies. Don’t be one of them. With an experienced car accident lawyer on your side, you don’t have to accept less than you’re entitled to. A skilled attorney knows how to effectively negotiate with insurance companies and get you what you’re owed under the law.
Keep in mind that you may be eligible for compensation whether you were the driver or passenger in a car accident. Call now: 1-855-298-3550.
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