What You Need To Know After A Car Accident

While it is easy to lose one's composure following a car accident, it is important for you to remain calm. Approximately one in three car accidents result in personal injuries. Therefore, the most important thing is making certain you and your passengers are all right. When injuries occur, you will wish to contact a personal injury lawyer who understands how traffic accidents occur.

Attorney John P. McKenna has over 20 years of experience in handling car accident claims involving injuries and has helped hundreds of clients recover compensation. He understands the process for filing a liability claim, and he knows how to negotiate for an appropriate settlement with insurance companies. Should no adequate settlement company be forthcoming, he is always prepared to try your case in court.

Steps To Follow After A Car Accident

Having checked on the injuries to yourself and your family, you will then want to know what to do next. The steps you should take include:

  1. Keep you and your passengers safe. Sometimes accidents occur in the middle of busy roadways, and leaving your vehicle where it is may result in subsequent accidents. At the very least, make certain that you and your passengers are not in danger of further injury.
  2. Call the police. The police can provide guidance to those at the accident scene. Also, the police will prepare a report documenting what happened.
  3. Seek medical attention. Automobile accident injuries are not always apparent. It is important to see a doctor as soon as possible to discover if the accident caused injuries or aggravated a prior medical condition.
  4. Document what occurred. Take notes and diagram the scene of the accident if possible. Especially make certain to write down the names of witnesses including contact information.
  5. Take pictures. If you have a camera or smartphone, take photographs of the accident scene and of the vehicles involved in the accident.
  6. Exchange information. While police officers generally will gather information, it is always good to try to obtain this information on your own.
  7. Report the accident to your insurance company. Because many policies require you report an accident immediately, it is necessary that you report to your insurance company that an accident occurred.
  8. Maintain an accident information file. By keeping all of your accident information together, you will have information available regarding claim numbers, witness information, receipts and telephone numbers.
  9. Contact an attorney. An attorney can advise you on what additional steps to take as well as provide you representation in any injury claim. You especially want to make certain to speak to an attorney before providing any statements to insurance adjusters regarding the accident.

Contact Us For Further Information

At the Law Office of John P. McKenna, P.C., we will do what is necessary to help you recover. Contact our Springfield, Massachusetts, office by calling 866-607-0601. We will charge no fee without recovery for you.