When your life is suddenly disrupted by a car crash, there will be many important steps to take as quickly as possible to protect your legal rights and your ability to gain compensation for your injuries. Rather than make crucial mistakes, take these actions immediately.
Seek Medical Treatment
No matter whether or not you believe you have sustained serious injuries, always seek medical treatment following a car crash. In many accidents, victims unknowingly suffer whiplash, internal injuries, or brain injuries that display symptoms hours or days later. If you fail to seek immediate medical treatment, you put your health at risk and make it easier for an insurance company to claim you were not injured in the accident.
Call Police to the Scene
If you can call 9-1-1 and get the police to your accident scene, do so. Once the police arrive, they will investigate the accident and file an accident report. Since this report will contain the police account of the accident and their determination as to which driver was at-fault, this can be a critical piece of evidence to be used in your personal injury lawsuit.
Say Little about the Accident
During the course of your conversations with police and others at the accident scene, be careful not to say anything that sounds as if you are saying the accident was your fault. If you let slip with a simple "I'm sorry" while at the scene, this will be used by the other driver and their insurance company as an admission of guilt on your part.
Contact a Des Moines Personal Injury Attorney
Finally, always contact an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss your case in detail and learn how to gain compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. To do so, schedule a consultation with the Hope Law Firm. Our Des Moines personal injury lawyers are dedicated to getting you the compensation you are rightfully owed.
If you were in a car accident, contact our team today at (515) 298-5056 to protect your rights.