What to Do If You Are Involved in an Auto Accident
Auto accidents are one of the most frightening and common scenarios people find themselves in. In fact, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), more than 40,000 deaths and 2.5 million injuries every year are caused by auto accidents. Not only do the injuries cause considerable pain and life-long disabilities, but they have a huge financial impact on individuals and families. Between hospitalization costs, time off work, physical therapy, and prescription costs, the average person can be on the brink of bankruptcy when all is said and done. Thankfully, the power is in your hands. When you are involved in an auto accident, there are specific steps you can take to start building a strong personal injury case so you can be appropriately compensated.
Stay Calm & Don’t Move
The first step after an accident is to remain calm. Take a deep breath and check yourself for any apparent injuries. You may be in a state of shock that covers the pain temporarily. If possible, try to remain still and call 9-1-1. If your car is smoking and you can move, get out of the car and wait for the emergency responders at a safe distance from your vehicle.
Try to take pictures of the accident scene, or assign the task to someone who is with you. Take numerous photos of the damage to your car, any other vehicles involved, and the location in which it happened. By taking pictures, you are much better able to tell the story of your accident.
Get Checked by a Medical Professional
There are far too many clients that wait to be seen by a licensed physician. Delaying medical treatment can impact the amount you receive in compensation for your case. It is crucial that a licensed doctor thoroughly checks you after an auto accident. You may not feel the pain caused by your injuries until a few days later, and you may exacerbate them without seeking immediate medical help.
Call an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney
As soon as you are able, contact the Law Offices of Tanya Gomerman to discuss how to move forward. She can advise you on the best way to speak to the insurance companies to prevent any delay in processing your claim. By hiring an experienced attorney, you can focus on healing from your injuries while they advocate on your behalf.
If you have been involved in an auto accident in San Francisco, or an auto accident in San Jose, call (415) 545-8608. We offer a free attorney consultation to discuss how we can help.