Hurt In An Auto Accident? Here’s What To Do.
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Auto accidents happen every day, but no driver ever expects to be involved in one. In the wake of an accident, you may be left confused and overwhelmed, not sure what to do to move forward physically, emotionally or financially.
The car accident lawyers at Lawter & Associates, PLLC have worked with thousands of people injured in car accidents over 40 years of practicing law in Oklahoma. If you’ve been hurt in an auto accident, here’s what you need to do:
- Remain at the scene. Unless you need to leave to seek emergency medical attention, you absolutely need to stay where you are. Leaving the scene of an accident is a serious crime in Oklahoma.
- Exchange information with the other driver(s). You need the name, contact information and insurance information for any other motorists involved in the accident. Also get names and contact information for any witnesses.
- Call the police. Law enforcement will investigate and create a record of the accident.
- Don’t admit fault. Keep your comments at the scene brief and stick to the facts of what happened. Even saying “I’m sorry” could be used against you in a potential claim.
- Take pictures of the scene. That includes skid marks, vehicle and property damage, and any visible injuries. All of this evidence can be used later to help you get compensation.
- Seek medical help as soon as possible. Even if you feel fine, you could have an internal injury or traumatic brain injury with delayed-onset symptoms. Make sure you tell your medical provider that you were in an accident.
- Document everything. Start a journal that documents how the accident has affected your life. Keep track of every medical expense, including co-pays, medical bills, prescription medications and mileage to and from each appointment.
- Notify your insurance company. You need to promptly inform your insurance carrier that you were in an accident, or they may deny your claim. But keep your comments brief and stick to the facts of what happened.
- Don’t speak to insurance adjusters. If you hear from an insurance company representing another driver, politely decline to speak with them.
- Contact an attorney. You need your own advocate to help you deal with the insurance companies. That’s why you need to contact our law firm as soon as possible.
The sooner you get us on your side after an accident, the better. We can start our investigation, build your case for fair compensation, and guide you through this complex process. Give us a call or contact us online to schedule your free case evaluation today.