The Steps You Take After An Auto Accident Matter
Based in Wilmington, and serving throughout southeastern North Carolina, the attorneys at David & Associates have more than 100 years of combined experience assisting individuals injured in auto accidents. We have arranged our practice so that we can step in and help immediately. On the same day you are in a collision, we can help you find medical care, rent a car and begin pursuing compensation for any injuries suffered.
It is no secret that consulting with a qualified attorney is a crucial step toward obtaining the compensation one needs for hospital bills, doctors’ fees, ongoing care, lost wages and related considerations. Yet there are a number of other actions individuals can take to bolster their case, beginning at the very moment of the crash.
What Should I Do Immediately After An Auto Accident?
We encourage individuals, whenever possible, to begin gathering evidence directly after an accident takes place. Below are a few things to keep in mind, in the event of a serious collision:
- Stay on the scene — If you have been injured, but drive away from an accident before it has been documented by the relevant authorities, it may be difficult to establish the causes and severity of the collision later on. This can seriously jeopardize any injury claim you plan to file. Likewise, if others are hurt and you leave the scene, you could face criminal penalties.
- Call the police — Whether you or others are obviously injured or not, it is imperative to bring the local enforcement to the accident site. A police report is critical to any injury claims that may be filed, as it provides an objective account of a collision and its aftermath.
- Exchange information with other drivers — If you’re able, obtain the names, phone numbers, addresses, license plate numbers and insurance information of all other drivers and passengers involved in the collision. Likewise, speak with any witnesses to get their accounts of what happened, and record their contact information as well.
- Don’t admit fault — North Carolina is one of a few states with contributory negligence statutes. What this means is that, if you are found to be at all responsible for an accident you will not be able to collect compensation. Many make the mistake, however, of assuming partial responsibility.
- Consult with an attorney — Above all else, finding the right lawyer is essential to obtaining financial compensation to cover your medical expenses, vehicle damage and related considerations. An experienced attorney knows how to prevent insurers from underpaying claims, and when necessary will fight on your behalf in court to get you the funds you deserve.
Assembling The Strongest Possible Claim For You
If you’re uncertain what to do after an auto collision, or are actively seeking legal assistance, reach out to our firm. You can call us at 910-338-9490 or arrange an appointment online. Initial consultations are always free.