What should you do immediately after a car accident?
Posted on behalf of Michael D'Amico of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Jun 04, 2014 in Car Accidents
Many families have jam-packed schedules. Between dropping the kids off at school, driving to work, transporting kids to extra-curricular activities and attending to all of life's other necessities, a person's day can be thrown off by any sort of interference. As such, being involved in a car accident can be incredibly disruptive -- and not just for the day.
In the immediate aftermath of an accident, victims may be wondering what to do next. The chaotic atmosphere surrounding an accident can create confusion -- and understandably so. Of course, attending to medical needs is the top priority, but there may be a couple other measures to consider.
For those who need medical attention, it's important to make sure that all injuries and complications are accurately documented by the attending medical professionals. In some cases, injuries may not become present until days -- or even weeks -- after a crash, so treatment may need to be sought at a later time.
Once emergency medical issues are addressed, motor vehicle accident victims probably want to exchange auto insurance information. Having this on hand is critical in helping to make sure that losses are covered by the at-fault driver. According to the Connecticut Insurance Department, motorists are required to have liability insurance.
Although auto insurance is mandatory, some drivers may not follow the law in this regard, which adds another layer of complexity in accident cases.
Having the at-fault driver's insurance information aids in the process of filing a claim for coverage. This can include reimbursement for physical damage, medical bills and other losses. Even though this sounds pretty straightforward, it can be a complex process. Not only that, but insurers may be looking to settle for the smallest amount possible, as opposed to what's fair.
When issues arise, accident victims and their loved ones may seek the assistance of a personal injury attorney. This way, matters with insurance companies can be attended to and all aspects of the accident case can be addresses. This is not a process that people have to go through on their own.
To learn more, please visit our firm's car accident page.