A car collision is a stressful, harrowing experience. If you were in an accident and now you are dealing with physical injuries and financial losses, you may be unsure of what to do next. How you choose to proceed in the moments and days after a crash matter, especially if you decide to move forward with a civil claim.
All drivers have a legal duty to stop after involvement in a crash. However, you can take other measures that will allow you to protect your interests and give you a better chance of success with a potential claim in the future. All Pennsylvania motorists will find it beneficial to know how to navigate the aftermath of a crash and how to move forward.
Right after a crash
The scene of an accident can be confusing. It may take you a minute to determine what happened and how bad your injuries may be. After this, you may want to call for help -- check with others and determine if emergency medical treatment is necessary. As long as you are on the scene, it is smart to limit your conversations with others, as it is possible for someone to use something you said against you.
You would be wise to avoid saying anything that someone may construe to mean that you are accepting fault for the accident. While on the scene, it can be helpful to get as much information as you can, including contact information from others involved in the crash and pictures of the accident scene. You may also want to write down any information you can remember about what happened.
In the days and weeks after a crash
Following the accident, you can take other steps that will help strengthen your case. First, it is helpful to keep up with any medical treatment you may need. This will provide you with important documentation that can validate your claim for compensation and prove the nature and extent of your injuries.
You may also find it beneficial to explore your legal options as soon as possible after an accident. A complete evaluation of your case can help you understand the specific choices that may be available to you. Accident claims are time-sensitive, and when it is your recovery on the line, there is no time to lose in initiating your claim for appropriate damages and compensation.