Here are some simple things to keep in mind if you are hurt in a car accident:
1. Try to stay calm. A car collision can be a very traumatic incident. Immediately determine if you or anyone in your car is injured. If you are in pain, bleeding etc. do not try to move. Alert your passenger or other people who may approach you who may have witnessed the accident to call the police and an ambulance right away.
2. If you are able to safely exit the car you may do so, be careful of oncoming traffic. Get information from the driver who hit you regarding insurance, driver’s license, name and address, license plate. If possible take pictures of the damage and the scene with your cell phone camera. If you are able to, get the names and telephone numbers of any witnesses.
3. Do not discuss the accident with anyone except the police. Do not talk to a representative of the other driver’s insurance company until you have legal representation. If you are feeling any pain, ask for an ambulance to take you to the hospital. Often immediately after an accident your adrenaline is flowing and you do not feel pain. If that is the case and you later leave the scene of the accident and develop pain, get to an emergency room immediately. Let them know you have been in a car accident and describe your symptoms. Make sure you get all necessary medical treatment and that you follow up with your family doctor or specialist.
If you have been hurt in a car accident, our office is available to make sure your legal rights are protected.