Did you just have an accident? How much damage occurred? What’s the condition of your car? What’s your condition? Are you injured? How can you make a claim? How do you initiate the process? What about the other driver? Can you charge them? There are so many questions, and not one answer. Don’t worry. We’ll help you get through it all.
We know that the accident has already left you shaken. So, we’ll simplify the entire process which you should go through now. By the end of it, you’d know what you should do. That being said, if you really want to minimise problems and ensure that you get the maximum settlement, hire a motor vehicle accident compensation lawyer, who’ll take care of the essentials and remove the burden from your shoulders.
Stay at the scene of the accident
Our number one tip is to never leave the site of the accident, no matter how small is it. Not until you have done all the essentials.
Protect the site
Your car might be blocking the road, so make sure you take steps to protect the scene, and thus, prevent further crashes. Set up flares, turn your headlights on, use your mobile’s flashlight, do anything that you can, but do ward of cars that comes towards your way.
Call the police
It’s amazing that you have been hurt, but despite that, you should still call the police, without any regards to the kind of accident that you have had. Minor or severe, the police should be on the site.
Call a lawyer
Get in touch with an accident compensation lawyer so that they can deal with the legalities. They’ll get in touch with your insurance company, as well as insurance company of the other driver, and file a claim on your behalf. They’ll also negotiate with your provider, ensuring that you get the maximum settlement.
Make a record
You would be required to tell the police, your lawyer and other investigating authorities to decide about the accident. So, collect all the details, and form a statement of whatever you want to say. If you aren’t sure of anything, do let them know, but don’t try to guess or create your own version of things. Also, brief them about your injuries and the damage that has been done to your car.
Just keep one thing in mind: don’t let anyone record your statements because it can be used against you to decrease your settlements
Evidence is important, and can turn things in your favour. So, take lots of pictures of the accident scene. Take photos of the damage to your car, of your injuries and of nearby property that has been affected in any way. If you aren’t physically able to do so, ask someone else to do it on your behalf.
Exchange contact details with the other driver and witnesses. Generally, the police do this, but it’s good if you have this information as well.