Things You Need To Know After An Auto Accident
In the aftermath of an accident, you need to make choices when decision-making is impaired. While the focus should be on your health and safety, taking certain steps can make a significant difference should a personal injury claim become necessary.
Proactive Steps Can Make A Difference
The “do’s” and “don’ts” are numerous. The important things you need to know include:
- Call 911: Contacting the authorities is important. You may have injuries that require immediate attention. In addition, police officers will preserve the accident scene for investigation.
- Document the accident: Gathering evidence may start with you. Whether you are the driver or a passenger, take pictures with your cellphone if you are able. Also, request contact information with the other driver and write down their license plate number.
- Attend to your injuries: The health and well-being of you and any loved ones involved in a car crash should come first. Call an ambulance if your injuries are serious. If you decide not to go to the hospital, schedule an appointment with your physician as soon as possible. Even if you are not in pain, take the steps necessary to make sure that you are okay.
- Reach out to your insurance company: While you should call your insurer, you should not have any conversation with the other driver’s insurance company without an attorney. Adjusters are quite skilled in extracting information. Saying anything could undermine your personal injury claim.
- Have personal injury protection (PIP) coverage: Massachusetts law mandates that drivers have PIP insurance.