You make it your business to be safe and cautious when on the road. You follow all traffic rules and regulations to the letter, and you are alert and conscientious when driving. Sometimes this is not enough. There are people on the road whose recklessness is so flagrant that they should not have a driver’s license. If such a person has caused an accident in which you were injured, then you should take legal action against them.
7 Things to do After a Car Accident
A car accident is a terribly jarring, disorienting, and confusing experience. If you have been in an accident, it may take you some time to recover your bearings. Once you have done so, you should take the following actions:
- Check yourself and your passengers
You may not know straight away if you are bleeding. That is why you should rub your hands over your body to see if there are any wet or sticky spots. You should also check the status of the passengers in your car.
- Call emergency services
You should call 911 immediately. Do not assume that the persons in the other car or witnesses to the crash will do it. The operator will dispatch police, fire, and ambulance to the scene even as they speak to you.
- Check the status of passengers in the other car
If you are conscious and mobile, you should go over to the car to ensure everyone is okay. If there are injuries in the other vehicle, you should tell the 911 operator about them. Try to give as much detail as you can.
- Exchange information with the other driver
You should exchange personal and insurance details with the other driver. You need not say anything that acknowledges fault for the accident. Nor should you blame the other driver for it. The best move is to keep silent and tell your story later to the appropriate person.
- Take photos of the accident
Using your cell phone, you should take as many pictures as you can of the damage done to your car. You also want to get photos of the accident scene. This is important documentary evidence, and it can be used in any future legal action.
- Get yourself examined
You should go immediately to the emergency room. Even if you do not feel as though you are seriously hurt, you should have yourself examined by an ER physician. They may detect a problem that cannot be seen by the naked eye. Before any wounds are bandaged you should take a photograph of them. The hospital staff will show you how to do so safely.
- Call your lawyer
As you recover from your injuries, you need to think about the future. The first step should be to call a lawyer. You should call a lawyer even before you contact your insurance company to report the accident. It is important to remember that your insurance company is most interested in doing what is best for them. Your lawyer has your interests at heart and will advise you of your rights as a policyholder.
How an Accident Lawyer Can Help
Brisbane accident lawyers are trained to gather the evidence and employ the law to get justice for people who have been injured in accidents. If recklessness or negligence of the other driver led to the accident which injured you, then their insurance company should be made to compensate you for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Indeed, they may offer a sum of money that does exactly that. If your lawyer deems their initial offer acceptable, then they may advise you to take it. If the money is not enough, then you may have to file a lawsuit.
Such a suit need not go to trial. Your lawyer may be able to present enough evidence against the respondent to get them to offer a new settlement—one that is commensurate with all that you have suffered. If you are forced to go to court, your lawyer will need to prove that you were in an accident, that it was caused by the recklessness of the other driver, and that you are owed a specific amount of money in damages.