Auto accidents always lead to confusion and stress for those involved, particularly for those people who were wrongfully injured in these incidents. Perhaps the most troubling aspect of the fallout from an auto accident aside from the obvious pain and suffering involved is understanding how to handle the situation immediately afterwards. While seeking help from experienced Henderson car accident lawyers should always be in the back of your mind, there are steps you can take to make sure that your rights are properly protected. Below are suggestions for doing so.
After an accident, there are moments of confusion and shock. Your first step should be to make sure that you and any passengers are safe. If you and your passengers are able to move safely, either in your vehicle or on foot if your vehicle is disabled, make your way to the side of the road and safety as soon as possible. Remaining in traffic only gives rise to more risk.
When you have assured your safety, contact the authorities immediately. Do not assume that someone else will do so. When you speak to the police, give them your precise location if possible and explain that an auto accident has occurred. You should also indicate that medical help is needed if anyone has been injured even slightly.
If the other driver appears to be in a position to speak, approach him or her and offer to exchange contact and insurance information. You should only take this step if you think the other driver is approachable. If he or she is not, simply remain at a safe distance. If you do exchange information, limit your conversation to this purpose. Do not, under any circumstances, engage in a debate or argument about what happened that led to the accident.
When the police arrive, provide the officer with your statement of what you believe happened. Simply lay out the facts as you remember them and answer questions from the police as politely and accurately as possible. This information will be what winds up in the police/accident report, and it could be of tremendous help to you down the road.
If you feel any pain whatsoever, seek medical attention after the incident has been handled. Many serious injuries do not seem serious at the time, so it's better to be safe than sorry. When this step is complete, contact the experienced Henderson car accident lawyers at Jack Bernstein & Associates to schedule a free initial consultation. You should not wait to protect your legal rights, and the Henderson car accident lawyers at the firm have years of experience in holding those responsible for harm accountable.