What To Do After A Car Accident
An Accident Can Be Confusing
After an accident, you may be disoriented. If you were in the process of running an errand, you may be in a hurry. No matter what, you may want to get on with your day as quickly as possible.
However, this is the worst thing you can do if you end up needing to pursue a lawsuit for compensation to cover your injuries from that accident. You need to follow a few steps to ensure that you are protected in case you need to pursue a lawsuit.
Protecting Your Health While Protecting Your Case
You may think you know what to do when you’re in a car accident. But many people simply do the bare minimum. When you are injured in an accident in Oregon, you need to:
- Call the police. Even if the accident doesn’t seem serious, it is important to call the police so that you have documentation of the accident.
- Take pictures of the scene with your phone. You want to document the entire scene, including license plates and the condition of all the cars.
- If necessary, call 911 for an ambulance. If not, you should still make sure you go to the doctor as soon as possible. You need to ensure that you receive prompt medical care if you believe you are injured.
- Trade insurance information. You can also take photos of this to document.
If you are injured, it is important to make sure you’re checked out by a doctor promptly. You may have injuries you don’t know about, such as internal bleeding, and it’s important to have a doctor document these injuries. It is also crucial to attend any and all follow-up appointments requested by your doctor, even if you think you feel better.
It is also important to call a lawyer as quickly as possible. They can ensure that you are not making any mistakes that will jeopardize your case later on.
Discuss Your Situation With A Professional
If you are unsure about what to do after a car accident, don’t take any chances. Call our Salem office at 503-967-8233, and an attorney can advise you. You can also reach us through our online contact form, and we will respond to your inquiry as promptly as possible.