What To Do Once Injured In A Car Accident
At times accidents are caused by faults of the other driver even when you try to be safe. When you are not the cause of the accident you should consider applying of a personal injury lawsuit to help in compensation of the pain, trauma, and stress incurred from the accident. But before you get to that point, there are several things to do on the scene of the accident. When it’s a minor accident consider moving the vehicle aside to avoid more accident. If there are injuries the first thing to do, if you can, is to make a call to 911 for immediate help. If you are not in a position to get your phone, have someone else make the call to get the help needed.
Check out on the passengers to know if they have major injuries from the accident. If they are affected, move them out of the car to be safe and place road safety sign to avoid causing more accidents. Note that more serious injuries require paramedics assistance to move the passenger. On the other hand you can apply first aid to the passenger if they are not badly injured using the safety kit on the car as you wait for paramedics.
It’s important to get the details of the other vehicle that caused the accident. What’s important is the model of the car, the color, the license plate, drivers name, ID number and driving license number. Capture the images of the accident on different angles so that you get solid evidence. Document also the exact location of the accident at the time it happened and if there was a witness.
Ensure that the police has recorded the accident before the vehicle can be towed to the garage. Record the detail of the police officer on site, the name, badge number, and the station. Once the officer is done request to have a copy of what is documented.
After treatment then you can file a personal injury lawsuit to get compensation from the accident. You need a personal injury lawyer to help in the preparation of the lawsuit and also who will represent you during the hearing of the lawsuit. Ensure that you keep a record of the treatment required after the accident, the medication, money spent and time spent on medication. Also you need to have proof on the effect of the accident to your personal and public life like whether you suffered from stress and trauma. At times the accident can lead to loss of a job when you cannot perform the duties assigned, indicate this on the lawsuit.