What to do After a Car Accident
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Car accidents victims are often uncertain about what to do in the immediate aftermath of a collision. The days and weeks following a serious accident are chaotic. Your life may be turned completely upside down. New medical bills will arrive in your mailbox each day, and you might not be able to return to work, school, or other activities that we take for granted when we’re healthy. In the aftermath of a collision, you must prioritize your medical treatment. Let our Atlanta car accident lawyers handle everything else. We have decades of experience helping clients rebuild their lives and recover the compensation they deserve following a car accident.
If you or a loved one has been hurt in a car accident, it’s important to call an attorney without delay. Contact Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC to speak with a highly-skilled Atlanta accident lawyer about what to expect and what you can recover. Call (404) 419-6674 or submit the details online to schedule a free, no-risk case evaluation.
Seek Safety And Call For Emergency Medical Help
The first thing to do after being in any car accident is to seek safety. Whether you are on a small road or large highway, traffic may not stop immediately after your wreck, and that can make the accident scene very dangerous. Many times, a person who survives a crash is injured or killed by another passing vehicle as they examine the damage to their vehicle following the collision. In addition to passing vehicles, there can be a lot of sharp and dangerous debris littering the area. Fires sometimes ignite after a severe car crash, and the fuel in the vehicles poses a significant explosive threat, which can lead to severe burn injuries.
Once you are in a safe spot, you should call for help or try and find somebody who can. While you or your passengers may be injured, it is also possible that people in other vehicles or even pedestrians are hurt as well. You have no legal obligation to help others who are injured, but you may want to try and provide assistance. However, people are often concerned about being held legally responsible for any physical harm that the other persons sustain. Georgia’s Good Samaritan Law addresses this concern and protects those who choose to render aid to people injured in an accident. It states that you cannot be held legally liable for their injuries so long as you do not act with malicious intent, and you don’t seek compensation for your help.
Give A Complete Report To Law Enforcement
It’s important to be cooperative and helpful with the police that responds to your accident, as well as any law enforcement or state officials who follow up with inquiries in the days and weeks after. Georgia law requires you to report a car accident to police if someone is injured, or if there is over $500 worth of damage. However, it is advisable to report your accident regardless of the details surrounding damages. An official accident report allows for your version of the events to be recorded in the police records. This can significantly help your case if the other party fails to give their version of events, and it can help contradict any misrepresentations that the other party makes. Furthermore, a police report can later be used by your lawyer to quickly determine who caused the collision.
Call Your Car Accident Lawyer As Soon As Possible
After ensuring your safety and seeking appropriate medical care, one of the most important steps to take after a car accident is to make sure that you have a skilled lawyer. You may feel as though it’s clear that you were not at fault or that involving a personal injury lawyer would be an unnecessary complication. However, auto accident cases move quickly, and the lawyers and insurance providers of the other parties involved in your wreck will try to point the finger at you in an attempt to reduce your compensation. Calling a legal team that understands how Georgia law applies to motor vehicle accidents can only help to protect your rights as you focus on moving forward with your life. We have decades of experience representing clients who have been in serious car accidents, and we will undertake the following steps during this challenging time:
- Field inquiries and requests from law enforcement and opposing parties’ lawyers and insurance providers
- Gather all of the relevant evidence regarding your accident
- Negotiate with the insurance companies involved as we seek a financial settlement that is sufficient to help you and your family recover
- Use our years of trial experience to win your case in court if no proper settlement offer is provided
Georgia’s statute of limitations law prohibits you from filing any claim for compensation if over two years have passed since the accident. While there are many exceptions and technical details that apply to this rule, it’s another reminder why you must seek legal help as soon as possible. You may feel as though two years is a long time, but it’s not that long, given how much goes into building a strong case for recovering damages. Call Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC without delay at (404) 419-6674 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation.
Remain Dedicated To Your Medical Recovery
Knowing what to do after a car crash can help you both legally and physically. Your injuries can be severe and long-lasting, but many accident victims in your position fail to focus on their health. It’s important to follow your doctor’s orders, and our legal team can help you find the right medical professionals given your situation. The more information that you provide to your doctor about your condition after the wreck, the more evidence your attorney will have to show that you need compensation for your car accident as soon as possible. Conversely, if there is not a record of you actively seeking medical treatment after the accident, the other side may point to this as evidence that your injuries are small or nonexistent.
Things to discuss with your doctor after a bad car accident include:
- Be sure that your doctor knows that your injuries were the result of your car accident
- Ask your doctor how long your injuries may affect you
- Ask about any possible future ailments or physical limitations that might develop as a result of your injuries
- Request a doctor’s note if you may have to lose time from work
- Make clear everything that you have to do to properly follow up with your treatment
Contact Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC Can Help You
Knowing what to do after a car accident caused by no-fault of your own is by no means easy. You or a loved one may be seriously hurt, and it’s understandable for anyone to be overwhelmed by the recovery process that involves doctors, law enforcement, insurance companies, and lawyers. After making sure that you have safely moved away from the dangers surrounding your wreck, seek medical attention as soon as possible, and then call an experienced personal injury lawyer. At Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC, we have helped countless car accident victims recover the compensation that they deserve, and we know how to help you during this difficult time. We know what it takes to effectively negotiate with insurance companies, and we are ready to fight for your interests at trial if necessary.
To speak with a skilled Georgia lawyer about your car accident, contact Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC as soon as possible. Call us at (404) 419-6674 or contact us online to schedule a free, no-risk consultation.