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After an Auto Accident: Short and Long-Term Tips

By: Allan M. Siegel

Being involved in any type of auto accident can be an overwhelming experience. From the initial shock to the many headaches ahead, there are a lot of things to do - and a lot of things that can go wrong. Because the actions you take following a preventable wreck can make the difference in your personal injury case, our team at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. wants to give you the information that can help you better protect your rights.

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Throughout the years, our award-winning personal injury attorneys have helped numerous victims of car, truck, and other traffic accidents across the DC metro area. We have put together a list of helpful tips to help you immediately after an accident, as well as during the following days or weeks.

Immediately After

The first 10 minutes after an accident can be the most important to an eventual claim. Although accidents can be chaotic and frightening, it’s important to remain calm and to remember these tips immediately following any collision.

  • Check yourself and passengers for any injuries and call emergency medical help if needed.
  • If you are able to do so safely, move vehicles and people out of traffic and turn hazard lights on. If possible try to take pictures of the positioning of the vehicles before you move them. However, only do this if you can do it safely!
  • Remain calm, be polite, and don’t apologize or admit to being at fault.
  • Call police. Even if you don’t think the accident is serious, it is a good idea to have police come fill out an accident report.
  • Collect information from any involved drivers and witnesses who may have seen what happened, including their insurance, license, and contact information. You can also take pictures or video of the accident scene, property damage, and any visible injuries.

Following Days & Weeks

The days and weeks following an accident can have an impact on your right to compensation should you choose to file a claim for damages.

  • If you are injured, seek timely medical attention. Seeking a timely medical evaluation after a crash is critical to your health. Doctors can help determine the underlying cause of your pain. Not only will seeing a doctor ensure you receive treatment for any injuries you sustained, it can also provide medical documentation of your injuries for use in a personal injury claim. This can help limit an insurance company’s ability to argue that because your waited to go to the doctor, you were not really hurt – a common tactic they employ when victims don’t seek timely medical attention.
  • The insurance company will likely begin to contact you in the days following an accident. Don’t make the mistake of trusting them; insurance companies are in business to make money. It is best to avoid talking to insurance companies until you consult with an attorney. However, you should report your accident to your insurance company as soon as you can.
  • Speaking with an experienced accident lawyer is one of the smartest things you can do after an accident. By discussing your case personally with an attorney, you can learn more about your legal rights and whether you are able to file a personal injury claim. Seek legal help as soon as possible following an auto accident, as there are time limits in place for filing a claim.

Our firm has helped many victims and families after they suffered preventable harm in all types of auto accidents, and we’re prepared to put our experience and skill to work for you. Download our E-Book of the top 10 mistakes to avoid after an accident for more helpful tips, or contact our legal team today to discuss your case.