Next Steps After An Accident
After suffering injuries from an auto accident in Georgia, the immediate next steps you take can make a significant difference when it comes to taking care of your own welfare and maximizing your compensation. At Overman & Overman LLC, we advise and guide our clients through all the legalities required after a car accident. We also represent and fight for their best interests.
After an accident, our personal injury lawyers recommend the following:
Call 911 as quickly as possible
You or someone at the scene should report the accident to the relevant authorities as soon as possible. Calling 911 is the most efficient method for getting medical attention for an injured individual and having the police at the accident site. Also, be sure to record the police report number. When talking to a police officer, ensure their body camera is on and repeats everything you say back to you accurately.
Make your health and welfare your priority
Right after the accident, evaluate your injuries. Seek immediate medical attention to verify you did not suffer any internal injury or bleeding. Keep a record of your bills and prescribed treatment when applicable.
Collect as much evidence as possible
If able, collect information about the accident. Take pictures and video to record every angle, road conditions, the weather and more. Register the other driver’s contact information, insurance company, driver’s license number, car make and license plate number. Talk to witnesses and also ask for their contact information. Every piece of information available is essential to strengthen your claim.
Cooperate with the authorities, but be careful with your words
Focus on discussing the facts of the accident. Do not assume or discuss your own perception of the accident with police officers, paramedics, insurance representatives, witnesses or any other party involved. Everything you say or the statements you make could be used against you, which in turn could seriously affect your compensation and your rights. In addition, do not suggest you were at fault for the accident.
Call an experienced personal injury attorney
Dealing with an insurance company after an accident can be frustrating. Insurance companies will do everything to settle a case as quickly as possible or use your words against you to decrease your settlement. An experienced attorney can guide you and help you understand what you are entitled to and file a solid claim. Additionally, your lawyer can speak on your behalf before the insurance representatives and negotiate your compensation and appeal when required.
The Bowtie Lawyers Are Ready To Address Your Concerns
We have helped those injured in an accident maximize and recover their compensations for decades. Call 770-676-3177. Alternatively, send us an email today to schedule a consultation. We serve clients throughout Greater Atlanta and across Georgia.