Unfortunately, car accidents are something that occur on a daily basis. In some cases, the car accident is a minor fender bender that does barely, if any, damage to both vehicles involved. Sometimes, though, the car accident can be more severe, and injuries may be sustained.
According to WHO, road traffic injuries are the leading cause of death among young people, aged 15-29 years old. This is scary to think about, which is why it’s always a good idea to practice safe driving while out on the road.
Sometimes, though, even the most cautious drivers are victims of a car accident, and knowing what to do in a car accident is extremely important. However, the situation will change if you are injured during the accident. If you are ever injured in a car accident, the following information provides details on what you should do.
Get medical help.
If you were injured in a car accident, the very first thing you need to do is get professional medical help. Have a doctor assess your injuries, and then document them. This is extremely important if you are seeking medical coverage from your own insurance or from the other driver’s insurance.
It’s very important that you get this medical attention right away. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to prove that your injuries were sustained due to the accident, and this could cause you trouble later on.
It’s also a good idea to take pictures of your injuries. For example, if you have cuts or bruises, be sure to take photos of these injuries with a time and date stamp on them. If you end up going to court over your injuries, having these photos and documented information will help significantly.
If possible, it’s also a good idea to take pictures of your car and/or the accident. This can also help verify your injuries.
Save every document.
It’s also important that you create a paper trail of your injuries. Be sure to save every discharge paper, invoice, or receipt that pertains to your injuries. If possible, get your doctor to sign off on your injuries in writing, or save any voicemails they have left you regarding the injury. The more information you have to back up your injury, the easier it will be for you to get money from the other driver (as long as it was their fault).
Seek a car accident attorney.
A car accident attorney will be a valuable asset when it comes to helping you get coverage for your injuries. Even if it was a minor injury, the other driver is responsible for covering this as long as the accident was his or her fault.
Your attorney will be able to tell you what other steps you need to take, if any, in order to move forward. Sometimes, the insurance company will pay for your expenses based on the information you provide. Other times, you may need to take the other driver to court, and this is when having an attorney will be extremely helpful.