June 12, 2015
If you are one of the unfortunate people to have been injured in a car accident it is important to understand how to protect yourself. There are many accidents where the people involved believe they are okay and refuse to request medical treatment or go to a doctor right away. Often the worst symptoms don't arise until days later. By this time, if the following steps aren't taken, it could be difficult to make a claim against the responsible party.
Information You Should Collect After Being Injured in a Car Accident
Everyone knows to get the other driver's contact and insurance information. If you don't believe you are injured at the scene, even if police arrive, they likely will not make a report and locating the responsible party in the future becomes difficult if you don't retain their information.
Don't forget to look for witnesses. Many times a person will apologize and take responsibility at the scene of an accident, but once a claim is made against them, their tone and cooperation changes and you can be left in a he-said-she-said dispute. This is why it is important to see if there is anyone who saw what happened. If they are willing, get their information as well.
Photos of the vehicles at the scene can be critical pieces of evidence. Now that everyone has a cell phone with a camera feature, there is no excuse. Get photographs right away.
Listen to your body. If you have pain after being in an accident, don't ignore it and hope it will go away. See a doctor and let them know what happened and what symptoms you have. Hopefully there is nothing wrong, but if there is a problem, it will be important for your recovery and for any potential claim that injuries be addressed promptly.