Schuylkill County: Being involved in an auto accident can be a scary experience, but it’s important to keep calm. Seek medical attention immediately. Here are some useful auto accident tips.
Auto Accident Tips: For You and Your Auto
If you have been injured in an auto accident, you should remember the following steps:
1) Auto Accident Tips: Don’t Admit Fault
Do not admit fault for the accident, not to the other party, your passengers, the police, witnesses, or your auto insurance agent. Even if you suspect you may have been at least partially to blame for the accident, do not admit wrongdoing.
Your perception of the event could easily be altered by your emotional state, so it’s best not to settle claims until you’re able to think clearly. Focus on getting the medical treatment you need and let your car insurance company handle the other details.
2) Auto Accident Tips: Seek Medical Attention
See a doctor immediately. Although you may feel fine now or think your injuries aren’t very serious, symptoms such as pain, discomfort, dizziness, or numbness may appear in the days following the accident, sometimes months. One of the most common things I hear from patients months, sometimes years, after an accident is, “Doc, I thought the pain would go away.”
It is best to get checked by a medical professional immediately. If you wait too long to seek medical attention, it will be harder to prove that your injuries are the result of the car crash. You need to work with your doctor to evaluate your personal injuries. See a doctor who has experience treating and documenting these types of injuries. I have extensive training in examining and treating injuries from automobile accidents. I have also taught postgraduate courses concerning crash injuries from auto accidents for lawyers.
Our office also has specialized medical equipment to measure muscle injury. We are the only facility to have this equipment in the area. Not only does this testing help in treatment it can also help your lawyer demonstrate the injuries you may have sustained.
3) Auto Accident Tips: Take Pictures
A doctor experienced in the treatment of auto injuries will take the pictures of your injuries. Taking pictures is one of the first things we do if there are bruises present. If the doctor doesn’t, ask a friend to take pictures of your injuries. If you have trouble getting a settlement from the insurance company or you decide to hire a personal injury attorney, photos will be valuable evidence for your case. Cuts, bruises, and scrapes heal quickly, so getting photos immediately is a smart move. If you don’t have access to a regular digital camera, snap a few pictures with your cell phone.
4) Auto Accident Tips: Take Notes
Take detailed notes regarding your medical treatment. This information may be necessary for you to get full reimbursement from the insurance company. Additionally, your doctor’s notes are very important to your lawyer in settling or arguing your case. Good notes and doctor reports lead to fair settlements.
Jot down the names and addresses of any chiropractors, physical therapists, or other professionals you were referred to after the accident. Keep receipts for medications you were prescribed or any assistive devices such as crutches that were needed.
5) Auto Accident Tips: Get the Police Report
Obtain a copy of the police report to verify that all facts regarding the accident are correct. Errors or omissions in the police report could delay your bodily injury claim.
6) Auto Accident Tips: Talk With a Lawyer
If you are asked to sign any documents you don’t understand, talk to a personal injury lawyer. Having representation is the best way to make sure your rights are protected, especially if the accident is very serious and you may be at least partially at fault. We have a list of lawyers that are experienced in representing patients with auto injuries. Our patients have been pleased with the representation.
If you have been involved in a rear-end crash you have to watch this video titled, “Auto Accidents and Whiplash in Pottsville” under Auto Accidents in the Blog Topics to the right. You would not believe the difference in injury potential at a crash that is just 3 to 4 miles per hour faster than the first crash.
David Novatnak, D.C.