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What to Do When You’re in an Injury Accident Caused by Unsafe Driving

Jul 8th, 2024

July 7-13 has been designated Operation Safe Driver Week for 2024. It’s not only a time for increased awareness about the importance of practicing safety on the roads, but also a time when law enforcement will be increasing their presence on the roadways nationwide to look for incidents of risky driving.

 

Even with this increased awareness, many drivers will engage in unsafe behaviors such as driving impaired, driving distracted, or simply being reckless or in too much of a hurry. If you or a loved one suffers an injury in an accident caused by someone’s unsafe driving, the steps you take in the aftermath can have a direct impact on any compensation for which you might be eligible. The following checklist can help bring to mind the steps to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your interests.

 

Immediate Steps to Take After the Accident

  • Call 911: The first and most important step is to ensure everyone’s safety. Call 911 immediately to report the accident and request medical assistance if necessary.
  • Exchange Insurance Information: After ensuring that everyone is safe, exchange insurance information with the other driver(s) involved in the accident. Obtain their name, contact details, insurance company, and policy number. This information is critical for processing insurance claims later.
  • Get Medical Attention: Even if you feel okay after the accident, it’s critical to get checked by a physician. There may be injuries that may be cloaked by trauma or won’t become apparent until hours or days after the accident.
  • Gather Witness Statements: If there are any witnesses to the accident, ask for their contact information and request a brief statement of what they observed. Witness statements can be invaluable in substantiating your account of the incident.
  • Save All Documentation: Make sure to keep all documentation related to the accident, including medical bills, police reports, insurance information, and any other relevant paperwork. These documents will be important for any potential legal or insurance claims.
  • Consult with an Attorney: It’s essential to seek legal advice from a personal injury attorney as soon after the accident as possible–especially while any forensic evidence is still fresh. They can help protect your rights and determine if you are eligible for compensation.

 

Working With Insurance Companies

Dealing with insurance companies can be challenging. Here are some tips to ensure you receive fair compensation:

 

  • Promptly Notify Your Insurance Provider: Inform your insurance company about the accident as soon as possible.
  • Document Everything: Keep detailed records of all medical treatments, expenses, and any communication with insurance representatives.
  • Avoid Settling Too Quickly: Do not rush to accept the first settlement offer from the insurance company. Consult with an attorney to evaluate if the offer is fair and covers all your expenses.

 

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident caused by someone else’s unsafe driving, the best way to ensure you receive appropriate compensation is with the help of an experienced personal injury attorney who can guide you through the legal process and ensure you receive the justice and compensation you deserve. Call our offices to learn more.