What are the most important steps to take after an accident?

On Behalf of | Jul 8, 2019 | Car Accidents

In the wake of a car accident in Massachusetts, many victims have trouble focusing on the details of the crash. In most cases, they are immediately concerned with making sure everyone involved is okay and alerting the authorities about the crash. This is exactly the right response to car accidents, but victims must also give some attention to the crash itself if they are able to do so.

Unless you have suffered severe injuries and need immediate medical care, following a few simple steps can save you from trouble down the road. These steps can make it easier to file auto or health insurance claims. They can also pave the way to a successful personal injury lawsuit under the guidance of an experienced attorney.

  • Exchange contact and insurance information with all involved parties
  • Ask the responding police officer to file an official report on the car accident
  • Take down the officer’s badge number and name
  • Talk to witnesses who saw the crash and take down their names and contact information
  • Take pictures of the accident scene from all angles
  • Take photos of the damage to your car and other personal property

Victims should also keep detailed records of any medical treatment related to the crash as well as notes about how the accident affects their daily lives. The latter is particularly important when attempting to pursue compensation from the parties responsible for your crash and your injuries.

Finally, be sure to contact an injury attorney as soon as possible, even if you do not believe you will seek an injury claim. Sometimes, symptoms of serious injuries can take days or even weeks to manifest. If you already have a lawyer on your team, you will have an easier time with your claim.