Being in a car accident can be a very scary experience. After the impact, you are likely to be confused, stressed, and even a little disoriented.
However, it’s important to try and remain as calm as possible after a car accident, as there are a number of steps that you should you need to take legal action.
The Texas-Mexico attorneys at the Law Office of Ignacio G. Martinez want you to be aware of how to handle the situation so that any legal actions you take work out best for you. Our experienced law team is here to help if you have been the victim of a personal injury caused by a car accident.
Here is what you should do after a car accident:
- Collect Information
Assuming you are not injured, the first thing you should do is talk with the other driver(s) involved in the accident to collect names, contact information, driver’s license information, and insurance information.
If possible, you should also write down the license plate numbers of the cars involved in the accident, as well as the make, year, and model.
Even if the driver of the car is not the owner, it is still important to gather this information.
You should also consider taking pictures of road conditions, road signs, skid marks (if any), and the cars involved in the accident.
You will also need to get the contact information of the police officer that responds to the crash and takes down the report. Don’t forget to get the report number for later purposes. While our Brownsville lawyers understand you are likely to be shaken up after an accident, try your best to remain calm and collected so you can get down as many details as possible.
- Get Medical Treatment Immediately If Needed
If you are injured in a car accident, then it is absolutely necessary that you get medical treatment immediately. Do not hesitate to ask for an ambulance to take you to the hospital.
Even if you think your injury is “small”, you should not ignore any signs of pain, as these may be symptoms of a more serious injury.
Remember, that the longer you wait to visit a doctor after a car accident, the harder it becomes to prove that those injuries were a direct result of the wreck. Waiting too long can make it difficult to prove a personal injury claim.
- During and After Medical Treatment
On your first trip to the hospital, and during all the following medical treatment you may receive, there are some important rules that you should follow:
Always tell the truth to the doctor(s), starting on your first trip to the hospital.
- Failing to be honest about where you are feeling pain – and especially about previous injuries or illnesses – can negatively affect the care you receive as well as hurt your legal case.
- Make sure to take the medication that has been prescribed to you. You need to follow all medical instructions and take all medication provided to you. If you are afraid of the side effects that can be caused by a specific drug, ask your doctor to see if you can switch over to a different one.
- Do not stop medical treatment at any time during your personal injury claim.Continue visiting your physician until you are healed or until you are told otherwise by the doctor.
- Make sure to attend all follow-up appointments. Skipping appointments can look bad on your medical records, and can negatively affect the way a doctor views your commitment to getting better, especially if you need them as a witness. If you must cancel because of an emergency, be respectful and try to reschedule well in advance.
- Document your injuries.Alongside the previously mentioned tips for treatment, you should also follow up every appointment with pictures and detailed notes of your injuries. Maintaining accurate information regarding your injury and pain can go a long way in proving they are a direct result of the accident.
- Gather All the Official Documentation That You Can
In order to build a strong case and to fully establish your evidence, you will want to gather a number of official reports including:
- Police Report(s): Police will create an official accident report after a car wreck occurs. This report will include the officer’s understanding of what happened, traffic violations that were broken by the negligent party, and whether or not a citation was issued. You should be able to get a copy of the police report at the traffic division department of the police station in the city where the accident happened.
- Medical Documents & Reports: If you were injured in an accident, medical reports are going to be the foundation of your legal claim. These documents can include: admitting charts, physician’s notes, diagnosis and prognosis reports, consultations, referrals, test results, and medication receipts.
- Photos: As previously mentioned, photos can prove to be crucial evidence of negligence by the at-fault driver. Photos help to recreate the accident. Of course, you should only take photos if you are able to do so. Do not risk further bodily injury if the car accident was severe.
- DO NOT Talk About the Accident Online
Because of social media, many individuals will get in a car accident and then immediately go online to post about it. This can have serious negative effects on both your legal claim and insurance claim. Do not talk to anyone about the accident besides your lawyer, your insurer, and the police. Should the at-fault driver’s insurance company call you, direct them to your lawyer.
If you or loved one has been seriously injured in car accident, don’t hesitate to contact the Law Firm of Ignacio G. Martinez today at (956) 542-2264.
Our experienced team of attorneys will make it their mission to get you the compensation you need and the justice you deserve.
Don’t let a careless driver get away with the pain they’ve caused; contact our Brownsville lawyers today and let us go to work for you.