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How can you protect yourself right after a car crash?

On Behalf of | Jan 11, 2022 | Personal Injury |

Between the shock and the chemicals that flood your body after a crash, you won’t be in a position to make good decisions or formulate a thorough plan. Mistakes could limit your right to compensation, so knowing what to do is crucial.

If you already know the most important ways to protect yourself after a crash, it will be easier for you to take the right steps shortly after a wreck. What should drivers do right after a motor vehicle collision?

Contact state authorities

The law requires that drivers report any collision that causes injury or property damage. Some people may try to offer to pay directly for your costs and request that you do not involve the police.

You will be at a legal disadvantage if you agree not to file a report and then the other party does not make good on their promises. Filing a police report helps solidify your right to make an insurance claim or file a lawsuit. 

Document the scene of the crash right away

Once you move your vehicles, it will be much harder for you to conclusively prove what their position was after the crap. By taking photos or videos to document the collision, you will preserve the scene of the crash if you have to move your vehicles to allow vehicles to pass you while you wait for the police to arrive.

Know when you should see a doctor

If you have an obvious injury, you should seek medical attention. If your vehicle sustains enough damage to be a total loss, the crash occurred at high speeds or if the collision is very violent, you likely need to see a doctor.

There are numerous kinds of severe injuries possible in car crashes that may not present immediate symptoms. Seeing a doctor right away after a wreck ensures that you get a prompt diagnosis and treatment for issues like a brain injury or internal bleeding. Prompt treatment can improve your prognosis for these serious injuries, and the medical records you create will make it easier for you to seek compensation later.

Learn about your rights and the insurance coverage involved

The exact losses you suffer, the policy that insures the other driver and the circumstances of your crash all influence what rights you have. Looking into the insurance coverage and determining likely lifetime costs from the crash can help you make an appropriate claim or counter and insurance settlements.

Having a plan in place before a car crash makes it easier to protect yourself if you experience one.