What Do I Do If My Car Was Sideswiped?
Car accidents are never fun. They can bring a quick end to a good day or make a bad day worse. A particular kind of accident often overlooked is sideswipe accidents. They don’t sound very serious. After all, if my car is just a little scratched up from being sideswiped, how bad could it be? Surprisingly, they can be just as bad as any other accident. Some sideswipe accidents have even been known to be deadly. But what should you do if you have been in a sideswipe accident?
Steps to Follow After an Accident
The first thing you should do after being sideswiped is call emergency services. This is the most important step in an accident. No matter how minor, you should call the police. Even if no one was harmed, you’re going to need a police report. This report will include what happened, based on what witnesses have told the police. These details will be important for your case. Also, if you or someone else has been hurt, make sure to seek medical attention, and tell the 911 operator that someone has been hurt. Even if you don’t feel like anything is wrong, you should seek medical attention after the accident. Many times we don’t notice anything is wrong after an accident till much later. A medical professional has the skills to determine if there are any major problems that you need to be concerned about.
Next, you want to take as many photos of the scene as possible. This along with any other documentation can help your case. The police report, along with photos and any other evidence will allow someone like your lawyer, to reconstruct the accident. Being able to reconstruct your accident will help your attorney advocate for your needs much more effectively.
After the accident is over, and everyone is safe, you need to contact an attorney. Experienced personal injury attornies will help you navigate through the next steps. If an insurance company tries to contact you, you can and should refer them to your attorney. Insurance companies will try every trick in the book to get you to admit fault, or even downplay your injuries and damages. An experienced personal injury attorney knows exactly how these companies work and will be able to get you the most amount of money possible for your claim.
Injured in a Sideswipe? Contact The Law Giant
At Begum Law Group Injury Lawyers, we understand how traumatic events like this can be. That’s why we are committed to helping victims recover compensation through personal injury lawsuits. If you have been injured and negligence may have caused the injury, you should promptly talk to an attorney with experience in personal injury and negligence cases. Your lawyer will know what your rights are under the law. You may be entitled to compensation. ., contact our firm today at (866) 523-4167 to schedule a free, initial evaluation of your case.