As you are driving along I-74, you notice there is a car that isn’t staying in one lane. It is barely drifting over the lines. You figure the driver is probably just tired. As you approach the vehicle to pass it, the driver suddenly swerves and sideswipes you. Since the crash happened at interstate speeds, it’s likely that you are injured, perhaps seriously.
You contact emergency services and wait for the police and emergency medical services to make it to the scene. Now is the time for you to think carefully about your next steps.
Important steps after the accident
You should make sure that you seek medical care if you are injured in the car crash. If you think that you have injured your neck or back, it is best not to move as long as it is safe to remain where you are. If you can move, use this time to gather the other driver’s information, including driver’s license number and insurance policy information. You can also take pictures of the scene of the crash.
While you are speaking about the crash with other people, choose your words carefully. You don’t want to say anything that might be considered an admission of fault. You will have to contact your insurer to file a claim. Before talking with your insurance company, you should speak with an attorney who can provide guidance. If you are contacted by the insurance company for the other driver, do not answer questions or make a statement.
There are many different types of injuries that might occur in a car crash. Soft-tissue injuries, such as whiplash, are possible in many cases. You might also suffer from broken bones, lacerations, brain injuries and spinal cord injuries. Serious injuries that can impact your entire future are known as catastrophic injuries.
These injuries can lead to many problems, including having to miss work and get long-term medical care. As you can imagine, this can hurt your finances since your bills will keep coming in.
Some injuries are so severe that the claims you can make through the insurance company won’t cover all of the costs of the injury. In these cases, you might opt to retain a lawyer to seek compensation. There are many complex aspects to a personal injury lawsuit, so you should retain a lawyer who is experienced and has the resources to properly pursue results for you.
Personal injury lawyers welcome inquiries from accident victims and almost always offer free initial consultations, so do not hesitate to obtain legal advice.