The moments after an accident are crucial to both your safety and your recovery. By following these steps, you can help to protect your safety and preserve valuable evidence for your legal case:
Get To A Position Of Safety
Before you take any other action, it’s essential that you preserve your safety. That often means remaining where you are, but if you aren’t physically safe, go to a place where you are.
Check On Injuries
Assess your physical condition and the welfare of others who may have been hurt in the same accident. For instance, if you’re in a car accident, check on your passengers and others who were involved in the accident.
When you call 911, the dispatcher will want to know your location, the nature of your emergency, the type of injuries involved, and additional information. Try to remain calm and provide the information that you are able to.
Take Images Or Video With Your Cellphone
For personal injury cases, one of the biggest advantages of the modern age is the ability to preserve accident scene evidence immediately. From a position of safety, take pictures or video of property damage, injuries, debris, the scene as a whole, and any signs or geographic identifying information.
Gather Witness Information
Witnesses often leave after they are sure that accident victims are no longer in peril. Ask witnesses to wait until first responders arrive or ask them for their contact information. Make sure to preserve this information for your attorney and your case.
Allow EMTs To Examine You
If rescue units have been dispatched, allow them to examine you. If they recommend that you go to the hospital, follow their advice. Be sure to follow up with your own doctor. This will establish a baseline for your injuries.
Call the Weinstein Legal Team
Before you file a claim with your insurance company or speak to an adjuster from the at-fault party’s insurer, contact Weinstein Legal to speak with our team of personal injury attorneys. Attorneys at Weinstein Legal can begin representing you immediately and can help you avoid some of the common missteps that accident victims often make. Call now for a free consultation.