Steps to take after a car accident


Being in a car accident in Connecticut can be stressful. Not only does one have to worry about dealing with insurance claims and getting his or her car repaired, but he or she may also have to cope with serious physical injuries and financial losses. Medical expenses and lost wages can be overwhelming and threaten to throw a car accident victim into financial turmoil. Fortunately, these individuals may be able to pursue compensation for their damages. However, they need to make sure that they take the appropriate steps throughout the process, including immediately after an accident.

When an individual is involved in a car accident, he or she should be sure to stay at the scene. Failing to do so could lead to criminal charges and trouble with any subsequent civil claim.

In addition, those involved in a wreck should also check all drivers and passengers to see if medical attention is necessary. If it is, 911 should be called. It is also imperative to call the police. A police report can provide insight into how the accident occurred and who may be at fault, so accident victims may want to ask that a report be filed even if law enforcement is hesitant to do so. Other important steps to follow after such an accident include speaking with witnesses and keeping track of one's medical treatment, including the cost of such care.

By following these steps, a car accident victim may position him or herself in a better position if he or she chooses to file a claim against the negligent driver who caused him or her harm. To learn more about how a police report, witness accounts and the extent of one's medical treatment can affect one's legal claim, an accident victim may want to speak with a legal professional.

Source: FindLaw, "After a Car Accident: First Steps," accessed on July 4, 2016

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