The steps you take both on the scene and in the days and weeks following your car accident can play a significant role in your ability to collect compensation for your injuries sustained in the accident.
At the Scene of the Accident
Of course, the first thing you should do is seek medical attention. Your health and well-being are your first priority. When a car accident results in serious personal injury, you will likely find yourself on the way to the hospital.
As soon as you can, you or a loved one should document the scene of the accident by taking these steps:
- Use a camera or cellphone to photograph the scene from all angles. Include all damage and debris, and as much of the surrounding scene as possible.
- Talk to all drivers involved and collect their license, insurance, and contact information.
- Identify any witnesses and collect their full contact information.
Most of this can be accomplished while you wait for police and EMTs to arrive on the scene of the accident. Once emergency personnel arrive, be sure to cooperate and make a detailed report, but do not ever admit fault for your accident. Determining liability is a complex matter that is best done by your Connecticut car accident attorney.
While at the scene of the accident, you will also want to contact your insurance company. If they would like to send an adjustor to the scene to gather their own documentation that is fine, but keep your conversation with them as brief as possible – you are reporting the accident, not working out a settlement.
Following Your Accident
Even if you are released from the scene, you will want to visit your doctor as soon as possible. Brain injury in particular can take weeks to show symptoms and the sooner your injury is detected the better your chances of avoiding catastrophic consequences.
If you sustain a serious injury in an accident, you will need a dedicated Connecticut car accident lawyer on your side as soon as possible. The car accident attorneys at our firm fight for the rights of victims and are prepared to help you get the total compensation you deserve.
If you have been injured in a car accident, please call 203-878-1254 or contact Penner Law Firm today to schedule a free case evaluation. Our main offices are in Milford and Branford, but we maintain satellite office in Greenwich, Norwalk, and Hartford to better serve our clients throughout our state.