Steps To Take After An Accident

An accident is a stressful event that may naturally bring on feelings of anxiety, anger or panic. Do your best to remain calm and consider everyone's health and safety as the top priority for the time being. Your body may have provided you with a surge of adrenaline, temporarily eliminating or dulling the pain of your injuries, so it's important to take a breath and examine your body for signs of trauma.

We've assembled a checklist of things to do immediately after you experience an accident. While a car crash is the scenario that people are most familiar with, these steps are applicable after a variety of accidents and medical injuries.

What To Do After An Accident In Ohio

1. Call for help

When there is an injury, call 911. Not only does it get medical assistance on its way, but it also notifies police and other relevant authorities.

2. Make no statement

Do not speak with the other party except to collect information (step #3). Of course, it's okay to check on the medical status of involved people, but you should avoid using the word "sorry." If the other party wants to discuss the circumstances of the accident, simply say "There's plenty of time for that to get sorted out later." When the police arrive, you can give your statement to them.

3. Exchange information

If the parties involved in an accident are able to, they should exchange information, including insurance. If you're in a car crash, it's smart to jot down the automobile's make, model, color and license plate number. The more information you collect, the better.

4. Gather evidence

If someone witnessed your accident and you believe his or her testimony would help, get that person's contact information, including his or her full name, phone number and address. Even if the witness seems like he or she doesn't want to take sides, get his or her info if you believe that person's testimony would help.

If you believe photos or video will help prove the other person's fault, then use your camera or phone to take pictures. Law enforcement may take pictures, but you shouldn't be shy about snapping your own photos.

5. Medical treatment

Even if your injuries seem minor, you need medical attention. A medical checkup serves an important function besides diagnosing and treating your injuries, it provides evidence of the harm you've suffered. This evidence supports your claim much better than your sole testimony about your symptoms.

6. Notify insurance

Notify your insurer of the accident in a timely manner. If you unnecessarily delay contacting your insurance company, it may refuse to cover your claim. Your insurer may want you to give another accident statement, but - if you'd like - you may contact a lawyer first.

7. Speak with a lawyer

In accidents involving serious injuries or death, it can be crucial for you to contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. An experienced lawyer will immediately begin an independent investigation into the accident and help preserve evidence, so your claim will achieve the best possible outcome.

Discuss Your Accident With An Ohio Attorney

We hope that our guide on what to do after a car crash or medical emergency proves useful, should you need to use it. If you need the services of an experienced Ohio personal injury attorney, contact The Donahey Law Firm for a free consultation.