Who should you call first after a car accident?

On Behalf of | Oct 17, 2023 | Car Accidents

If you are involved in a car accident, it is normal to fall into a state of confusion and panic. However, when you have calmed down, you have to plan your next move, starting with calling the right people.

For safety and emergency: Law enforcement and medical care

Regardless of the car crash’s severity, you have to call the police and inform them about what happened and request medical assistance. The police will keep the site clear and prevent further accidents from happening. Moreover, they will ask everyone on the scene for details so they can write a police report. This document will help you when you file your claim for compensation with the insurance company or seek damages with the court.

On the other hand, requesting medical assistance is necessary even if you think you or others did not get hurt from the collision. Sometimes, car accidents result in internal, nonvisible and delayed injury symptoms, which could lead to severe injuries or fatalities.

For personal protection: Your lawyer

While external factors can also affect them, a driver’s negligence usually causes car accidents. When this negligence causes you injury during the collision, you need to gather as much evidence as possible to support your insurance claim or civil lawsuit against the driver at fault. However, as easy as it sounds, gathering evidence needs careful consideration. By calling your personal injury lawyer, you will receive the proper guidance you need during such a stressful time.

Moreover, your lawyer can provide you with adequate instructions, especially when answering queries from the police to prevent providing information that others could use against you.