If you or somebody you care about has been involved in a car accident caused by the careless or negligent actions of another driver in or around the Charlotte area, there are various steps that you need to take in order to help maximize your chances of securing compensation. Here, we want to discuss these specific steps, but please understand that no two car accidents are exactly alike. Due to the nature of your particular vehicle accident, some of these steps may have to be omitted or moved up or down the list accordingly.
Call 911 and report the incident
If you are able to do so, you should call 911 as soon as possible. Do not count on others around you to do this. The police, fire officials, and EMS professionals need to come to the scene of the accident. The reality is that most vehicle accidents that occur in Charlotte need to be reported to the police anyway. Law enforcement needs to conduct a preliminary investigation, and an accident report is going to be needed by the insurance carriers.
Seek medical care immediately
Any person involved in a vehicle accident needs to seek medical care as soon as possible. We understand that the signs and symptoms of many accident injuries may not appear until hours or days after the incident occurs. This can lead to many people waiving their right to medical care and refusing to go to the doctor.
We strongly encourage you to seek medical care as soon as possible after the incident. Not only does this ensure your physical well-being, but it also establishes a direct link between the crash and any injuries you sustain.
If it is possible to do so at the scene of the crash, we encourage you to gather as much evidence as you can. This can include using your cell phone or another type of camera to take photographs of everything. This includes vehicle damage, debris around the scene, skid marks, traffic and weather conditions, injuries, and anything else you think may be relevant. You should also take note of any surveillance cameras in the area that may have captured the incident all footage. The names and contact information of any eyewitnesses need to be written down so that these people can be contacted later.
Contact an attorney
You need to contact a skilled Charlotte vehicle accident lawyer as soon as possible. At Price Petho & Associates P.L.L.C., our team gets involved very quickly when we take a case so we can obtain and preserve the evidence needed to prove liability. We will also take over any communication with other parties involved, including insurance carriers and at-fault drivers. You can contact us for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or calling 704-850-6322.
Report the incident to the insurance carrier
When you make your initial report to the insurance carrier, you do not need to go into much detail. All the insurance period needs to know is that an accident occurred, the names of those involved, the insurance policy number of other drivers involved, and which law enforcement agency responded. Refer any other questions the insurance carrier may have to your attorney.
Continue all medical care
You absolutely need to continue all medical care recommended by your doctor until you have reached maximum medical improvement. Failing to do so could be detrimental to your claim because insurance carriers could say that you were not really injured in the first place.