Being involved in a Gainesville car accident can be disorienting and overwhelming. Even the most level-headed people might struggle to know what to do immediately after the accident. In this guide, we will offer an example of what to do at the scene of a car accident and immediately after a car accident. We recommend keeping this list in your vehicle so you can easily pull it out after a car accident.
Once you arrive home, you might be wondering what to do next. You are probably overwhelmed about the accident and worried about recovering compensation. Following these steps will help you preserve your claim for compensation. The weeks immediately after a car accident are crucial when it comes to securing a high-quality settlement for your personal injury.
One of the biggest mistakes people make after an accident is to not follow their doctor’s instructions. Be sure to follow the instructions of the doctors at the hospital and make all of the follow-up appointments they recommend. If they suggest going to a physical therapist, be sure to book an appointment with a physical therapist. When it comes to insurance claims and personal injury lawsuits, insurance companies and defendants will use any gap in treatment as evidence to prove that the car accident did not really cause your injuries.
Many people are afraid of notifying their own insurance company. However, you should always notify your insurance company on the same day of the accident or soon after. Be sure that you do not unintentionally admit fault when contacting your insurance company. Your insurance company cannot increase your premiums when someone else caused the accident.
You might have “med pay” through your own insurance that will pay your medical bills automatically up to a limit without you needing to use your own health insurance. Go ahead and use med pay and do not worry about whether or not the money will come from your insurance rather than the at-fault driver’s insurance.
Insurance adjusters are notorious for using initially recorded statements against the injured person. Some adjusters will claim that the initial statement proves that the car accident did not cause your injuries. At Smith Hulsey Law, we can help you prepare an accurate and helpful insurance statement.
In the aftermath of a serious car accident, it can be easy to forget all of the changes that have occurred to your body. Be sure to write down all of your pain symptoms and ways that your injuries impact your life. Take photos of all of your injuries, no matter how small or painless you think your injuries are.
Georgia uses BuyCrash.Com to allow people to pay to get their car accident report faster and easier than requesting the report at your local police station. Police reports contain important information about what happened during your accident. Also, if you did not take any photos of the vehicles at the time of the accident, you can visit the tow truck yard to take pictures of the damage to your car.
The sooner you speak to an experienced car accident lawyer, the better. At Smith Hulsey Law, we can help you navigate the complicated process of filing a claim for compensation after a car accident. Contact our Gainesville law firm today to schedule your free, initial consultation.
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