It can be difficult to know what to do after a car accident. Your first step should be to get medical attention, which might mean going to an emergency room or urgent care center. Read below to learn the first five people you should call after a car accident.
If you need help after a wreck, The Law Giant will be there for you. We can answer your questions and guide you through an insurance claim process. Call Begum Law Group today at (866) 523-4167 or use our online contact form.
1. Call 911
First, you should call the police. Tell them if you need an ambulance or fire truck as well. Your first concern should be letting the authorities know about your accident so they can help direct traffic, prevent secondary accidents, and get you the emergency medical treatment you need.
Additionally, in Texas, you are required to report a car accident to the police if anyone is injured or there is more than $1,000 in damage to one or more vehicles.
2. Call Your Doctor
Even if you got emergency medical treatment at the scene of the accident or in an emergency room immediately after the crash, you will need to call your doctor as soon as possible. Your primary care physician will want to follow up to evaluate your injuries based on your prior health record. They may also recommend future medical treatment with specialists, a physical therapist, and others.
You should always follow your doctor’s orders. Give your doctor as much information about your pain and injuries. Everything needs to be in your doctor’s records to prove the severity of your condition to the insurance company.
3. Call Your Family and Friends, If Necessary
You should only discuss your accident with those who need to know about it. Don’t post about it on Facebook or any other social medial platform. Instead, call only the family and friends who need to know about your situation.
Don’t tell anyone that you are “okay.” Instead, tell them that you are seeking medical attention and you will keep them updated.
4. Call a Car Accident Lawyer
As soon as you’re able to after a wreck, you should call a lawyer. Your attorney will take over the stressful parts of your case while you focus on recovery. Much of the evidence in your case will fade quickly, including marks on the road, eye witness memories, and signs of wreckage. We need to collect it to support your case.
Your attorney will listen to your story and look at your damages to determine how much your case is worth. By reviewing the police report, your medical records, and lost wages, we can calculate how much money you can get from the insurance companies. However, even if we think the amount you deserve is obvious, the insurance company will likely argue or even deny your claim. You need an experienced lawyer who will fight back and get you what you deserve.
5. Let Your Attorney Call the Insurance Company
Insurance companies may call you as soon as the day after your accident. They will want to get information about the accident, who caused it, and what types of injuries you sustained. However, their goal is always to pay you as little as possible. So, don’t go at it with the insurance companies alone. First, speak with your attorney and let them help you develop a statement. Then, your attorney can present that information to the insurance company. You shouldn’t have to handle the stress of talking to an insurance company alone.
Call Begum Law Group After a Crash
If you are injured in a car accident, don’t deal with the stressful insurance claims process alone. Instead, call The Law Giant at Begum Law Group: (866) 523-4167. You can also use our online contact form to reach out.