Welcome back. In the first post, we began discussing tips on what to do and what not to do following a car accident in Connecticut. While we will all be involved in at least one car accident in our lives, the truth is that many of us aren’t sure of the steps that should be taken to preserve our rights and interests.
After calling the police, being careful not to admit fault to the other driver and carefully listening to the other driver’s account of the accident, take the following steps:
Get information from everyone at the scene.
Exchange names, contact information and insurance information with the other driver and passengers while waiting for police to arrive. If there are any witnesses around, try to get a statement from them about what they saw.
Document the accident scene as it is.
Nowadays everyone has a camera on their phones. Use yours to take pictures of the accident scene, which could end up serving as important evidence in your case. As we said in the last post, it’s best not to move the vehicles until police arrive unless they are in a dangerous spot.
Get medical attention.
You never want to assume that you are fine or minimize your injuries after a car accident. Clearly state all of your possible injuries to a doctor or paramedic and get a medical evaluation after the accident. If new injuries show up days or weeks later, get another assessment.
Meet with an experienced personal injury lawyer.
It’s not always easy to get the compensation you deserve after a car accident, which is why many Connecticut car accident victims turn to an attorney for help. An experienced personal injury lawyer can make sure that you receive a fair settlement with the insurance companies.
For more information on our practice, please visit our Connecticut Motor Vehicle Accidents Attorney page.