Being in a car accident is stressful enough and often times we are in shock and really shaken up, even if it was a small fender bender. Knowing helpful tips on what to do after an accident can give you a little peace of mind. These five (5) quick tips I have will cover the basis:
This is an important step and it's so common to forget this step altogether. It is a good idea to always call 911 in the case of an accident, even if no one was injured. After you call 911, call Your Accident Your Money (YAY$). YAY$ will do everything else after that for you. From connecting you with the proper attorneys and sending you to the best medical doctors, YAY$ will handle it all.
Exchange Information & Document Everything
When exchanging information with the other parties involved in the accident, it is important to write everything out as well as take a picture of everything. Some important information includes:
- Driver's License
- License Plate
- Registration Information
- Insurance Card
- Damages to vehicle
It is important to tell the police everything about the accident as accurately as possible. Writing out exactly what happened, after you have called the police, is the best thing to do after an accident. If there are any witnesses, it is important to write out their statements as well as collect their name and contact information. If asked if you have been injured, it's best to answer as you're not sure rather than no. This is mainly because pain from injuries can show up days later after a car accident.
Don't Post on Social Media
Posting on social media is not recommended. Even a simple post to your family and friends saying "I'm okay", even if you are not okay, can and will be used against you during your personal injury case. It is important to make the phone call to family and friends and let them know how you are doing verbally.
Seek Medical Attention
Seek medical attention as soon as possible after a car accident. Even if it seems minor, like an ache or tightness, it is important to seek out medical care to treat the injuries right away. Often times after a car accident, individuals does not experience pain or stiffness until days later. By going to see a doctor, in particular a chiropractor, your pain is being treated promptly, prolonging any further pain. YAY$ will connect you with the best chiropractors throughout the state of Georgia.
Never do a Recorded Statement without an Attorney Present
After a car accident, most individuals are adrenaline-induced and disoriented, causing you to second guess yourself. An insurance adjuster job is to minimize insurance payouts whenever possible. They may say that it is required for you to give a statement, but having a skilled accident attorney will help you around this. You should never do a recorded statement after a car accident without legal representation. YAY$ will connect you with the best attorneys throughout the state of Georgia.