What to do if injured in a car accident or wreck

What to do if injured in a car accident or wreck

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Accidents are inevitable.  They happen to the best and worst of drivers.  Misfortune never discriminates and statistically, never takes a day off.  You can be driving along and out of nowhere, someone hits you from the front, side, or rear.  This is a fact of life and statistically speaking, everyone will be involved in at least one accident in their life-time.  We always hope and pray no one is hurt as we rubberneck past the scene of an accident potentially causing the next serious of unfortunate events.  However, serious bodily injury is the result of many accidents and the public in general needs a little good information as to what to do immediately after a wreck or an injury.  I am going to bullet point some pieces of advice:

  1. Seek medical attention immediately (This is not the time to worry about where the money is going to come from or deductibles or any financial mess);
  2. Follow the doctor’s or physician assistant’s advice to the exact letter.  If the doctor says to stay off of work for two weeks, by all means follow the advice;
  3. Follow all recommended follow up therapy sessions and take good note of what the therapist says about your healing and prognosis;
  4. Speak to an attorney as soon as possible so that he or she can gather the specific facts of your case as soon as possible;
  5. Alert your attorney of all possible witnesses and police reports made contemporaneous to the accident.

Lastly, whatever advice your attorney gives you moving forward, please follow the attorneys advice to the letter as well.  People have a tendency to want to go and talk to others who have been in an accident and act on their advice.  These folks are usually well intentioned but they are not legally trained and everyone’s case is different so what worked for one may not work for the other.  Well one more thing, get better, get active, and back behind the wheel.



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