Car accidents can turn your world upside down, especially if you've been injured or your car has been totaled. If you've been involved in a car accident, you might not know what to do to recover from your injuries or loss of personal property. It's important that you act fast to protect your rights – including your right to medical care, as well as any rights you may have to monetary compensation. If you've been in a car accident, here are three steps you should take.
Obtain Medical Care
If you've been in a car accident, you need to obtain medical care as soon as possible. This is important even if you aren't feeling any physical symptoms. During a car accident, your body produces additional adrenaline, which may prevent you from feeling some symptoms immediately after the incident. It's not uncommon to feel fine right after an accident, only to develop pain, dizziness and numbness days later.
By seeking medical condition immediately following an accident, doctors have a better chance of diagnosing injuries you might not realize you have. Not only that, but it will be difficult to prove that your injuries are directly related to the accident if you wait days or weeks to visit the doctor.
Keep Accurate Notes and Records
In the days and weeks following your accident, you may experience physical symptoms, especially if you were injured. It's important that you keep accurate notes and records relating to those injuries. Make copies of all the paperwork you receive from your doctors, including any prescriptions you receive.
It's also important for you to keep a journal about your injuries. Make notes about how your injuries are affecting your daily activities, including pain levels or incidences where your injuries prevent you from working or taking part in family activities. These records and notes will help you prove your case should you decide to pursue legal action against the at-fault driver.
Speak to an Attorney
As soon as you're able to, you need to speak to a personal injury attorney, even if you're not sure whether you'll seek legal action against the other driver. An attorney will be able to advise you about your rights as an accident victim. They'll also be able to answer any questions you might have. When you sit down with the attorney, be sure you bring any documentation you might have regarding the accident.
If you've been in an accident, use the suggestions provided above to ensure that your rights as an accident victim are protected.