Motor vehicle accidents can be one of the most traumatic things an individual can experience. Some accidents happen due to circumstances beyond our control, but often times they are due to negligence. If you are ever involved in a motor vehicle accident for any reason, there are important precautions that you can take to help protect yourself and preserve your rights.
Never move your vehicle in the event of an accident, even if it is in the way of oncoming traffic. This can be difficult, but it is important because responding police are required to perform an investigation of the circumstances surrounding the accident and diagram anything regarding vehicle impact. If you move your vehicle, you may make it more difficult for the police to do their job correctly, regardless of whose fault the accident was. This could even mean the difference between an arrest of the at-fault driver or just a warning.
It is tremendously important to document all injuries, no matter how insignificant they may seem. Depending on the severity of the accident, injuries can range from minor traumas, bumps, scratches, and whiplash to the more severe lacerations, dismemberment, and traumatic brain injuries. Even the smallest impact can cause injury, regardless of safety measures taken. Sometimes that minor headache or backache that occurs after a fender-bender can later turn into a serious lumbar injury. When in doubt, say something to the emergency responders and do not refuse medical assistance if they offer it.
The documentation at the accident scene and the following emergency room and other medical records are critical in receiving a favorable case verdict. Insurance companies tend to discredit individuals who claim to have been injured in a motor vehicle accident but don’t report their injuries properly or go for long periods of time without seeing a doctor. Waiting to report your injuries can prevent you from recovering the money you are entitled to.
Don’t give the insurance company ammunition against your case. Let our attorneys assemble the evidence and help you win your case so you can get the compensation you truly deserve. Call us today or submit an online request to schedule a meeting with an attorney.