More than 3 million people in the United States are injured in accidents every year, including trucking accidents and motorcycle accidents. If you’re one of them, what should you do? Ask the car accident attorneys at the Law Firm of Fenters Ward. Our team knows how you can protect your best interests if you’ve been involved in a motor vehicle accident. After all, if you’ve been injured you may incur medical bills, vehicle repair or replacement costs, loss of wages and even mental and physical suffering. It’s important to take the right steps to protect yourself.
When injured in a car accident, follow these steps:
1. Check for Injury and Call 911
You need to get immediate medical treatment for yourself and anyone else involved in the crash. Even if you feel like you do not need medical treatment, do not refuse it. Adrenaline from the accident can prevent you from feeling pain, and immediate treatment will help you recover as best as possible. Further, it can be simpler to show an accident caused a medical problem if you received treatment for it at the scene of the accident.
2. Gather Evidence
Once you are sure that your immediate health needs are taken care of, it is important to start collecting evidence. This includes insurance information and contact details for the other driver. If possible, take photos of the scene of the accident. Also, take photos of your injuries. Bruises and other injuries may take time to appear, so take another photo of the injuries later on.
3. Avoid Social Media
It’s understandable to want to tell your friends and family members what happened. However, you should not text, email, or post any details of the accident online. In the aftermath of the accident, in a rush to reassure your loved ones, you may unwittingly release incorrect information. This incorrect information can be used against you when you are seeking compensation for your injuries. We’ve seen private texts to family members used in court.
Don’t risk telling anyone about the details of the accident. Instead, if you need to alert someone, simply that there was an accident, your life isn’t in danger (if that’s true), and that you’ll discuss the rest in person. Don’t start guessing about what your injuries may or may not be.
4. Contact an Attorney at the Law Firm of Fenters Ward
The final and most important step in dealing with your motor vehicle accident is to reach out to your attorney. At the Law Firm of Fenters Ward, we are dedicated car accident attorneys who can walk you through this difficult process and give you the best chance of getting the compensation you deserve.
We’ve recently expanded our offices from just Pittsburgh to Fort Washington and the Philadelphia area. So, if you live in these areas, you can now get legal representation from us, the premier attorneys for car accidents, motorcycle accidents, trucking accidents and more.
Don’t Delay, Contact Us Immediately
If you’ve been injured in a car accident, contact the Law Firm of Fenters Ward. You may be entitled to monetary compensation to help cover the cost of your injuries, vehicle damage loss of wage and suffering caused by the accident.