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First Steps To Take After An Accident

Getting into a car accident can have lasting consequences on your health and stability. The actions you take immediately following the crash can help define the quality of your recovery and compensation claim, but knowing what to do is not always easy. If you have been in an accident, taking the right steps immediately afterward is critical for your health and any future legal action, and we at Do the Math want to give you the guidance you need.

The scene of a car accident can be extremely chaotic, and we want to help you through it by offering you some quick and simple steps you can take to protect yourself. Here’s what you need to do to defend yourself and your interests through a North Carolina injury claim:

Seek Medical Attention Immediately

Before anything else, prioritize your health. Even if you feel fine, it is essential to get checked out by a doctor. Tell them every detail about the incident and your symptoms, no matter how minor they may seem. Accurate documentation of your condition is vital in proving that your injuries are a result of the accident. Medical professionals can also spot hidden injuries that could have serious consequences, like traumatic brain injury.

Gather Evidence At The Scene

The evidence you collect immediately after a crash is extremely valuable. Collect witness contact information and record their testimony of what they saw. Collect photos and videos of the scene from all angles, including footage of surroundings that may have impacted the accident. Finally, be sure to collect the driver’s insurance, car, and personal information. Before even leaving your vehicle, take note of the make, model and license plate of the car in case they speed off.

Stay Off Social Media

In today’s connected world, it may be tempting to share your experience on social media. However, posting about your accident can come back to haunt you. Insurance companies and defense attorneys can use your posts against you, potentially damaging your case and keep you from obtaining the compensation you may otherwise have a right to receive.

Secure Your Legal Rights Early On

The next step is to consult an attorney as soon as possible. It is important to do this before discussing the incident with insurance companies. As your lawyer, we will guide you through the process, ensuring that your statements and actions do not compromise your claim.

If you have been in an accident, your health comes first, then reach out to us for guidance on bolstering your claim in any way possible. We are ready to protect your rights and help you navigate the path to a fair resolution, starting by calling our Raleigh office at 919-335-5291 or emailing us here. Schedule your initial consultation today and take the first step toward resolving your claim.