No one expects to become the victim of a vehicle accident, but they happen every day in Delaware.
Many are minor, such as low-speed, rear-end collisions. Here are three steps to take following a car crash that will help you in the days to come.
1. Obtain medical attention
Even if you feel OK after a vehicle crash, seek prompt medical attention. Symptoms of an injury do not always present themselves at the time of a crash. Therefore, it is important for you to see a doctor since you could have underlying injuries. In addition, your doctor will write a report explaining your diagnosis and treatment options and linking any injuries you might have directly to the vehicle crash. It is essential that the medical report accompany your claim for insurance compensation.
2. Document the accident
Jot down notes about the accident; information such as the date and time of the crash, the weather conditions and which way the vehicles were traveling. Exchange insurance and contact information with the other driver. Get contact information from any witnesses who saw the crash. Use the camera in your cell phone to take pictures of the damage to the cars, license plate numbers and any visible injuries. In addition to a police report and a medical report, your documentation will provide pertinent information for an insurance company to review.
3. Seek help filing a claim
Insurance companies are businesses, and they always want to protect their bottom line. Most accident victims have not had experience dealing with accident claims. If you are in this category, do not hesitate to seek help from an advocate who will work with insurance companies on your behalf. Remember that you are due the maximum compensation possible to cover your medical expenses, lost wages and more.