If you suffer injuries in a car accident, the steps you take in the aftermath are crucial. In many situations, the shock and adrenaline of the crash can cause you to overlook some of the most critical steps, which is a mistake that can threaten your ability to file a claim or lawsuit.
Because of North Carolina’s at-fault laws, proving that the other driver was negligent and therefore responsible for your injuries is essential. Below, we’ll help you understand the most effective ways to build a strong case for compensation.
Here are some of the steps you should take after a car accident:
- Call our law firm to handle your case
- Exchange information as needed
- Report the accident to local authorities
- Take photos at the scene
- Seek medical attention
Call Our Law Firm to Handle Your Case
Don’t call insurance adjusters after a crash. Unfortunately, insurance adjusters work for large corporations that put money over people. They earn money from your monthly premium payments, but they’re not always willing to help when it comes time to pay out compensation. Instead, they delay, minimize, and delay claims, hoping you may accept whatever they offer you.
Exchange Information As Needed
Regardless of who is at fault, you want to exchange information with the other driver involved in the crash. The information you exchange should include driver’s licenses, contact information, and insurance policy information (name of the insurance company and policy number).
Your legal team can use the information you receive to start filing your claim. Provide our firm with this information once you contact us.
Report the Accident to Local Authorities
You may think the first call you should make is to your insurance company to file your claim, but this can do more harm than good. Instead, call local law enforcement and report the accident. Officers may come to the accident scene if there are injuries or significant property damage. Law enforcement officers can create an accident report to use for your claim, serving as helpful evidence.
Take Photos at the Scene
You should take photos at the accident scene because the evidence is fresh. Some of the pictures you can take include:
- The positioning of all cars involved
- The setting of the crash (showing signs of negligence, such as tire marks from braking)
- The damage to all vehicles
- The visible injuries you sustain
Photos can be helpful evidence in building a claim or lawsuit.
Seek Medical Care
The three steps above are things you can do at the scene of the accident. However, keeping your health a top priority is essential. It’s vital to your health and claim to get medical care soon after a crash. Even if you don’t feel your injury’s immediate impact, you may be dealing with latency issues. Getting medical care helps you start your treatment.
Medical care can also build a medical record to use within your claim and show how severe your injuries are. You can either go into a hospital or get care from a paramedic or EMT at the accident scene.
At David & Associates, Attorneys at Law, PLLC, we handle the claims-filing process for you. We don’t want you to feel vulnerable during an already challenging situation. As such, we work hard to help you through the process and negotiate with insurance adjusters to pursue the maximum compensation available to you.
Our Wilmington car accident attorneys have built a strong reputation representing the injured in our community. When you need someone on your side, trust that we’ve got your best interests in mind every step of the way. Let us give you a voice against negligent parties and large corporations.