It is a chaotic situation that can happen at any time in Salt Lake City. One moment, you are taking a leisurely drive to the grocery store. It is a trip you have made hundreds of times without a care in the world. Suddenly out of nowhere, a car runs a red light and crashes into the passenger side of your vehicle. It only takes one mistake by another driver to turn your life completely upside down. During this stressful time, it can be difficult for accident victims to have the presence of mind to make good decisions. But what you do immediately after an accident can have a huge impact on your personal injury settlement.
It may sound obvious. But far too many car accident victims make the mistake of leaving the accident scene. If there are any serious injuries or fatalities, leaving the scene could result in criminal charges for hit and run.
Unless you are involved in a single-car accident, it is important to check on the well-being of everyone involved. Try to call for medical attention. Do not try to move anyone who is unconscious. Leave it up the medical professionals.
Regardless of how serious the car accident, the police need to be notified. After the police arrive, make a request to file a police report. The report will contain several pieces of important information, including the name and badge number of the responding officers.
If you are physically able, take plenty of pictures and video of the accident scene. Make sure to include any visuals of damage to your vehicle. Gathering as much visual evidence can only help when it comes time to collect compensation for an insurance claim.
Make sure to get the names, phone numbers, license plate numbers and driver’s license numbers of every driver involved in the accident. This also includes any passengers who are at the scene. Because car accidents can be extremely stressful, it can be easy for people to lose their temper. Stay calm and avoid engaging in conversation with the other driver. The only information you need from them is their contact and insurance information. Do not apologize or admit to any guilt–even if the accident is your fault.
Many people complain about their car insurance premiums. But when you are involved in a car accident, it is important to have a reputable company you can count on to provide the necessary compensation to account for your property damage. When contacting the insurance company, make sure to be as honest possible. Lying about the accident can result in serious consequences, including a denial of your insurance claim.
When it comes to personal injury cases, it is vital to document your injuries as soon as possible. Even if there are little to no visible injuries, they may manifest later. Getting treated and evaluated by a medical professional can help reduce the chances of long-term damage.
The selection of a legal professional should not be taken lightly. Take the time to research a prospective attorney’s track record for protecting their rights of their clients. Since 2003, attorney Christian Burridge and his legal staff have successfully represented many men and women who have been involved in a variety of motor vehicle accidents in Salt Lake City. Over the years, they have utilized an aggressive and comprehensive approach to help car accident victims recover the compensation they deserve. To learn more, contact the Christian Burridge Personal Injury Law Firm today and schedule a consultation to discuss your case.