According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than six million car accidents have occurred in the U.S. every year since 2014. In that same period, more than two million people per year have suffered auto accident injuries, and over 35 thousand have lost their lives each year in motor vehicle crashes.
Nobody wants to be involved in an accident. However, statistics show that motor vehicle crashes are unavoidable and can happen to anyone. That's why being prepared and knowing the following steps might save you from further injuries and help you get the compensation you deserve.
It's natural to be terrified when you are involved in a car accident. But as much as possible, try to stay calm. Check if everyone is OK and never leave the scene of the accident.
Keep your hazard lights on to warn other drivers to slow down. If there's a passenger with severe injuries, don't move them unless they are in immediate danger. If your vehicle is drivable, move it to the side of the road so it won't block the traffic. If not, leave it where it is.
The police can help document the accident. So whether you have a major or minor car crash, call the police.
Exchange information with the other driver involved. Get their full name, contact information, driver's license, license plate number, insurance company, and policy number. Avoid discussing details about the accident and never apologize or make accusations.
Take photos or videos of the scene and your injuries. If there are witnesses, get their information as well.
Even if you think you are not injured, it's best to get medical attention as soon as possible. Some injuries can take days, weeks, or months before showing any symptoms. So prevent your injuries from worsening by getting immediate medical care.
Most people get stressed and confused after a car accident. Unfortunately, some insurance companies will take advantage of your emotional state. They will limit their financial liability and try to close the claim without giving you the proper settlement you deserve.
Hiring a personal injury attorney as soon as possible can help address this concern and more. Your lawyer can file the claim on your behalf while you focus on recovering from your injuries. Moreover, a personal injury lawyer can help you understand your rights and pursue the justice you deserve.
A seasoned personal injury attorney like John C. Murrow will answer any questions you might have about your accident and will persevere to get you the compensation you deserve.
Let John fight for you and protect your rights. Call (813) 999-4950 today to schedule a free consultation.
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