Being a victim in a car accident is not a walk in the park. First, the seconds following your accident you could be undergoing extreme pain, confusion, and even bleeding. The truth is the last thing on your mind is what are the correct steps to follow to get the necessary help. You may not even know what to do exactly or who to talk to if you or someone you love has been injured due to someone’s negligence.
1- If you or someone you know just suffered a car accident, the number one priority is to make sure your safe and you don’t have any life-threatening injuries. Seeking medical attention is a top priority. Call 911 right away if you feel that you need immediate medical attention. Even if the injuries are not obvious it is still important to see a medical professional following an accident. There could be underlying issues that may not appear for days, weeks, and even months sometimes.
2- Call the police. Again, you just need to call 911 and tell them your exact location. Getting San Diego Police patrol on the schene of the car accident will help to enforce the law in case one of the drivers involved in the accident is drunk or under the effects of any narcotics. The police will also make a report detailing what happened. This report will be helpful when you have to contact your insurance company in the future.
3- Call roadside assistance or towing company. I highly recommend that you call one that you have used in the past or that a family member or friend has recommended to you. If you don’t have one in mind then try searching on google and filtering them by reviews and distance to where you are located. If you are not in condition to call a tow truck you can ask the police, they will call one for you.
After the Accident
1 – Once you have taken the time to properly see a medical expert, go ahead and reach out to a personal injury lawyer. Make sure to find a trustworthy attorney in your area and share with him/her the details of your accident and your injuries. ListaLegal is a great place to find legal assistance. After your consultation, the attorney should be able to determine if you have a personal injury case or not. Most attorneys offer free consultations and work on a “contingency” basis, so the best part is you won’t even have to pay a single dime unless you win.
2- There are many different types of damages and compensation you can collect to strengthen your case. With the help of your lawyer, you will be able to work together and collectively find how much money you will receive. Some different examples could be:
- Doctor visits
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Physical therapy
- Medical tests and equipment
- At-home care
- Punitive damages
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