The First Steps to Take After You’ve Been Injured in an Auto Accident

There you are, patiently waiting at the last traffic light before you are at last free to turn onto your street and finally get the relaxation you need after a long and stressful day at work. Sitting at the light you are already picturing in your head how your night is going to go. With pajamas on, cereal in one hand and remote in the other, you will enjoy the tension and excitement of your favorite singing competition. Then you will go to bed and enjoy a relaxing sleep before having to get ready to go to work again.

But before the light turns green and your dream bubble vanishes, the impact of a vehicle slamming your car in the rear makes your body shake violently. It takes you a few seconds to even realize what just happened: you’ve been involved in a collision. The adrenaline rushing through your veins doesn’t let you think straight. What next? You must be prepared at all times for this kind of scenario, because there is a high probability that it could happen to you at some point in your life.

What are the first steps to take after you have been injured in a car accident? First of all, you must assess the extent of your injuries. If you feel that they are serious, call an ambulance immediately. If they are not, you can always make an appointment with your doctor at a later date, but make sure that you do get checked out. Some injuries will not be noticeable the first few days.

According to the State Farm website, you should carry some sort of hazard lights and/or safety cones to utilize in case of a collision. Contacting the police is also crucial, since the police report will determine who is at fault, and will assist with an insurance claim.

After everything is said and done, you have a police report, an assessment of the damage to your vehicle and have seen a doctor for your injuries, it is also wise to consult an attorney for car accident law. The attorney will be able to let you know how much compensation, if any, you are entitled to, and they will also be able to defend your rights and protect you in case you find yourself being sued by the other party involved in the accident. An attorney for vehicle accidents usually will not charge unless you win the case, in which case they would simply take a percentage of the settlement.

Being in a car accident can be really nerve racking, and it can ruin a perfectly planned night as well. But you can take basic measures to make sure you get the best possible outcome.  When in the accident scene, relax and take all the needed safety precautions. Call the cops and/or ambulance immediately and do not sign any document or exchange any delicate information without an officer present. After the accident, contact an attorney that will be able to guide you through the rest of the process.

After everything is said and done, you will finally be able to relax in your pajamas and watch your favorite shows, without having to worry much about anything else.

About Marty Bay

Marty Bay is the Lead Writer and Editor for VPM Automotive. He has researched and reviewed 100s of cars, and writes extensively about car technologies.
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