What to Do After a Personal Injury Accident
Be sure to always have a camera on you at all times. A disposable camera should always be kept in the glove compartment of your vehicle, and many people these days have cameras on their wireless phones. Capturing the injury on camera right after it occurs is a crucial step toward defending yourself in a personal injury case. Whether it’s a motor vehicle accident or a slip, trip, and fall, take as many pictures as you can of the environment, accident location, the injured area of the body (if applicable), and anything else that may have contributed to the incident. If you are unable to take pictures, ask the person with you to take them, or if alone, a friendly bystander. You will also want to ask about any surveillance cameras and videos so you can request a copy of your incident if it was recorded.The next step is to gather as much information from witnesses and persons involved. Get the names, addresses, emails, and phone numbers of all the people that saw the accident occur, and of the people who were involved. This can include a store manager, bystanders, customers, passengers in a car, and any other witnesses. Having proof of your story through the statements of witnesses will strengthen a case. You will need even more information from every person involved in the accident. Be sure to collect standard contact information, as well as drivers’ license numbers and insurance information.
When all pertinent information is collected, it is time to contact the police. Communicate all the necessary information and timeline of the accident. Be sure to tell them of any pain or discomfort you are experiencing. They will assist you with getting medical attention.
The final step to take after being wrongly injured is to contact a licensed accident attorney to file a personal injury claim in your city or county. A personal injury lawyer can recover the full and fair compensation you deserve after experiencing a traumatic injury or accident as a result of another person’s negligence.