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What follows after an accident is stressful and confusing. Here are four things to remember. One, call the police. The police can secure the area, take statements and help other emergency vehicles reach the scene. Also, the police report will record information that’s vital to your case. Two, collect the evidence. Do your best to get photographs, witnesses’ phone numbers and insurance information from the other driver as soon as possible. Our investigators can gather additional evidence if you or your passengers are unable to do so. Three, get to a doctor. If you’re hurt, you should seek medical care as soon as possible. Sometimes people don’t realize how seriously they’ve been injured. Make visiting your doctor a priority. Four, don’t sign anything and don’t say anything. One of the biggest mistakes an accident victim can make is to deal with the insurance company alone. Don’t do it. Without a lawyer, the insurance company may try to stick you with a lowball settlement offer that won’t even cover your medical expenses. To help guide you through what to do if you’ve been in an accident, download our free ChasenBoscolo app. It puts emergency tools and resources at your fingertips during a very chaotic time. At ChasenBoscolo, we’re Lawyers that Care. We’ll stand up the insurance company to make sure you get fair compensation. To contact a car accident lawyer, use the short web form on this page or call us anytime, 24/7. We’ve recovered millions of dollars for our clients and we’re ready to help you.
Steps to Strengthen Your Car Accident Case
Following these four steps after your car accident can help improve your chances of filing a successful claim:
- Talk to the police.
Police are trained to respond to car accidents and their reports often include valuable information, such as:
- The date, time and precise location of the accident.
- Contact and insurance information for the drivers.
- Descriptions of the accident.
- Accident diagrams.
- Traffic citations.
- Witness contact information and witness statements.
- If police were not at the scene of your accident, you may need to file a report at the local police station.
- Write down information about your accident.
Life moves fast after an auto accident and details that seem clear today may be hard to remember in weeks or months. Think about the direction you were driving, the lane you and the other driver were traveling in, the surrounding environment, where you were coming from and where you were going. Write down this information and share it with your attorney.
- Gather evidence.
If possible, take photographs of the accident scene and your injuries after the accident. Collect contact information from witnesses at the scene and get the names, phone numbers and insurance information for other drivers involved in the accident. Another way to collect the information is to take photographs of the other driver’s car, license plate, insurance card and driver’s license. If you need assistance gathering this information, the car accident attorneys at ChasenBoscolo can do it for you.
- Avoid sharing details related to your accident.
Insurance adjusters may try to contact you after your accident—and they may even offer you a low-ball settlement within days of your accident. Be extremely careful—insurance companies are in business to make money and will try to settle your claim quickly for as little money as possible. It’s in the insurance companies’ best interests to protect their profits by reducing the value of your claim.It’s important to notify your insurance company that you were involved in an accident, but stick to basic facts and avoid sharing details that can be twisted or used against you. You should not provide a recorded statement or written statement unless your insurance specifically requires it. If another driver’s insurance company contacts you, do not provide a recorded or written statement and avoid sharing any details or signing any documents. It’s best to let a lawyer handle those conversations on your behalf.Don’t discuss your accident or post pictures on social media, such as Facebook or Twitter. Innocent statements or photos can be turned against you to make it look like you were at fault for the accident, your injuries aren’t severe or you’re just trying to make money off the insurance company.
- See a doctor.
You should seek medical treatment as soon as possible after an accident, even if you don’t think you were seriously injured. Internal injuries can take time to present themselves, and receiving medical treatment and a doctor’s opinion can help you protect your health and build a stronger case.
- Gather evidence.
- Call ChasenBoscolo.
We’re here to deal with the insurance companies, answer your questions and guide you through the aftermath of your car accident. We have more than 25 years of experience handling auto accident cases in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., and we want to provide you with the personalized legal representation you deserve after your car accident.
We answer our phones 24 hours a day. Call (800) 322-3380 or complete a free contact request form. It’s our job to answer your questions and guide you through the aftermath of your car accident.
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