An accident can happen in an instant. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), on average, about 6 million car accidents happen each year in the United States and about 3 million people are injured as a result. Chances are that you will be involved in some type of vehicle accident at some time in your life. It is helpful to learn the steps to take following an accident with injuries.
Call the Police
The first thing to do after any accident is contact the police. The police will arrive at the scene and help you get the vehicles out of the roadway. They will investigate the crash, take statements from drivers and witnesses, and gather essential information. It is critical to file a police report to prove the date, time, and location of the incident. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT), requires that a police report is filed following any accident where there are injuries or where there is property damage of $1,000 or more.
Seek Medical Attention
It is important to get medical care as soon after the accident as possible. Many times, people who get hurt in an accident may not feel their injuries immediately. They may worry about getting to an appointment, or feel the need to take care of their vehicle. The best thing to do is to go to the doctor or hospital right away. You could have severe injuries that could worsen if you do not get treatment. Also, it can be more challenging to prove that your injuries occurred because of the crash if you wait to seek care.
Gather Evidence in the Case
Make sure that you gather and keep all your medical records and documents regarding your injury. You will also need evidence that proves the other driver was negligent. An experienced personal injury attorney will assist you in obtaining the documents that you need in your case. Some important data might include the police report, witness statements, video surveillance, accident reconstruction, driver records, maintenance reports, and more. Do not delay in getting legal help. The law limits the time to file a claim. Some evidence can be lost after a period of time, which could severely hamper your case.
Talk to an Experienced Accident Attorney
Following a serious injury, you need to focus all of your attention on your recovery. You can count on a knowledgeable attorney to handle the legal issues of the case. Your attorney will review the information and discuss the details of the case with you before providing you with options. Do not accept a payment offer from the insurance provider until you talk to an attorney. The first offer may be too low. You may need to have your lawyer negotiate a settlement with the insurance company that will cover your damages. If they cannot reach a settlement, the matter may need to go to court for a resolution. You may be owed money for your medical bills, compensation for lost wages, and payment for your pain and suffering.
If you were hurt in an accident, it is best to speak with a personal injury attorney immediately. Contact our legal team at Moen Sheehan Meyer, Ltd. for a case evaluation.