Maximizing Your Recovery After A Car Accident
If you have been in a serious car accident in Washington DC, caused by someone else’s negligence, your first priority should be seeking medical attention and recuperating from your physical injuries. It’s also important to protect your legal rights. There are certain steps you can take to help you get the maximum compensation for your physical and emotional injuries.
The most important step in maximizing financial recovery after a car accident is to select an experienced attorney. At The Abelson Personal Injury Law Firm, we pride ourselves on seeking justice for accident victims and holding negligent drivers responsible for the injuries they cause.
Contact us today for a free claim review and information about how we can help you get the full and fair compensation you deserve.
What You Should Do After an Accident
Taking the following steps can help you make the best case possible to pay your medical bills, make up for lost wages and help make your life whole again:
- Stop at the scene of the accident scene and call the police. No matter who is at fault, you could be charged with hit-and-run if you leave the scene. A good rule of thumb is to report any accident to the police. If the other driver is hesitant to notify the authorities, you should do so anyway.
- Go to the doctor. You and any passengers should seek medical attention after an accident, even if you don’t feel hurt at the time. Some injuries take time to materialize or are not readily apparent. Make sure you describe any symptoms to the doctor.
- Take pictures and save any evidence. Even if all you have is a cellphone, use its camera function to document the accident scene. Take pictures from every angle and the area around the accident scene. Get photos of any injuries and property damage. If your car was towed from the scene, make sure you tell the tow company in writing to preserve any physical evidence.
- Gather insurance and contact information from all the drivers in the accident. It’s very important to have this information for your insurance claim and any legal case you may pursue. If you can’t get the information yourself, ask the police or someone else to get it. Be sure to get the names and contact info for any witnesses, too.
- Keep detailed notes and records. Request, keep and organize any paperwork related to the accident, including receipts, medical bills, medical records and the police report. Record a detailed a log on your memory of the accident, your injuries and recovery and any time missed from work. These details may be hard to remember later.
- Report the accident to your insurance company. You should contact your insurance company as soon as possible after an accident. Make sure you don’t offer any written or recorded statements until you have spoken with an experienced attorney.
What You Should Not Do After an Accident
There are also some things you should avoid doing after a car accident, including the following:
- Don’t sign any statements or admit fault. Even if you think you were to blame for the accident, don’t admit fault or offer opinions about who you think was at fault.
- Don’t delay seeking medical and legal assistance. Doctors may be able to find injuries that aren’t readily apparent.
- Don’t talk with the lawyer or insurance company for the other driver. Calmly tell the insurance company or lawyer to contact your insurance company or your attorney.
- Don’t take the first settlement offer. Insurance companies often make very low first offers in hopes of making a claim go away quickly – and cheaply. At the early stages, you may not know the full extent of your injuries and what they will cost. Your attorney will help you navigate through the settlement process.
The Abelson Personal Injury Law Firm, can help you through the difficult time following an accident. An experienced attorney from our firm can guide you through what you should and should not do after a car accident.
Schedule a free consultation today to learn more about your rights as a D.C. accident victim and about how we can assist you in recovering the maximum compensation you deserve.