What to Do After a Car Accident
by Personal Injury Lawyer Casey W. Stevens
Here are some important things you should do to help ensure you receive fair compensation after a Georgia Car Accident.
1. Call 911 and ask for the police and an ambulance if needed.
Of course the health and well-being of yourself and passengers of your vehicle always come first. Get checked out! Often delayed treatment results in a longer overall recovery time.
2. Take photographs accident scene, including damage to the vehicles and road conditions. If possible, do it before the vehicles are moved.
When possible, take photographs of the accident scene if you are not attending to someone who has been injured. When more serious accidents occur, emergency vehicles will be dispatched and police will photograph the scene.
3. If you are able to at the time, be sure you or a witness speaking to the officer are able to clearly describe the cause of the accident. If possible, review the report to ensure the officer has documented everything to your satisfaction.
We've had it happen before that a client gets a copy of a police report and says the report is incomplete or inaccurate.
4. Obtain the names and phone numbers of any and all witnesses.
This is also a task police officers will do once they reach the scene, but often witnesses who stop to ensure everyone is O.K. will leave the scene before they are able to give a statement.
3. Get a copy of the police report. The police report will contain important information, including the other driver's insurance information, citations issued, diagram of the accident scene, etc.
A few days after an accident, you will be able to pick up a copy of your incident report from the police station. If you have not obtained a copy of the police report before you meet with us, we will obtain one on your behalf.
5. If you were not transported by ambulance, and you are feeling pain, visit your doctor's office or the emergency room as soon as possible. Do not ignore the pain, with the hope it will get better on its own. It is better to get it checked out to be sure you are O.K., and therefore eliminate any possible questions regarding the cause of the injury. A delay in seeking medical treatment may, in some cases, jeopardize your ability to prove your injuries resulted from the accident and not something else.
6. Contact The Law Office of Casey W. Stevens for a free case evaluation - 770-408-6364.
Accidents don't all happen between the hours of 9-5. We are available 24 hours a day to talk to victims of auto accidents.
7. If you have them, bring a copy of the police report and photographs of the accident scene to your consultation.
8. Keep a list of all doctors and hospitals that provided medical treatment for your injuries.
9. Keep track of the number of days your were unable to work due to your injuries.
10. Do not ever sign off on a settlement with an insurance company until you have consulted with an attorney.
11. And we'll take care of the rest!