5 Things You Should Always Do After You’ve Been Injured in a Car Accident

1. Exchange information with the other driver.

Sometimes, in cases of collisions that knock you unconscious or force you to seek immediate medical attention, it may not be possible to stick around the scene of the accident and exchange information with the other driver. However, if you are able to stay at the scene of the accident without endangering your physical well-being, make sure you gather as much contact information as possible from the other driver or person involved in the crash. Also, be sure to get their insurance information so that you can file a claim regarding the physical and personal damage you may experience following the accident.

2. Involve police and obtain an official police report.

If at possible, stay at the scene of the accident until the police arrive. An official police report carries a lot of weight in a personal injury case, in no small part because it provides the court with a frame of reference for determining fault. It is important to remember that you should never apologize, say “sorry,” or do anything else that might imply you were at fault for the accident, as this could come back to haunt you in court.

3. Seek medical attention.

If you have experienced whiplash, soreness, a traumatic brain injury, or physical harm of any degree in relation to your car accident, go to an emergency room or medical clinic right away. It is important to do this as soon as possible, even for seemingly mild injuries, in order to get an official assessment from a physician. This will help protect you from having to foot the bill for medical expenses brought on in the aftermath of your accident. The related medical documentation may prove instrumental in proving to the court that another driver caused real, measurable physical damage, which could allow you to recover the compensation you need to afford your medical expenses.

4. Start keeping a running log of medical and injury-related expenses.

From the moment your collision occurs until your case is finalized, hold on to as much physical documentation as possible. Gather every hospital bill, car repair invoice, and legal fee receipt along the way. If your accident, injury, and related expenses were brought on because of someone else’s negligent or reckless behavior, we believe they should be held financially responsible for their actions—not you. Keeping a record of your costs can help make it happen.

5. Contact a Car Accident Injury Lawyer Immediately.

The things you do in the immediate aftermath of your car accident are critical—but not as critical as securing the right legal representation in your case. If you’ve been injured in a crash in or near Rancho Cucamonga, our team at Chung & Ignacio is here to begin serving you right away. Call (909) 726-7112 today to schedule a meeting with one of our staff.

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