The moments that follow an automobile accident can be extremely stressful. Emotions are usually running high. Things often seem very confusing. And it can be difficult, if not impossible, for a person to fully grasp what is going on around them. Even during this stressful time, there are important factors that anyone who is involved in an automobile accident must consider. If certain steps are not followed properly, an individual who is the victim of an automobile accident may later find themselves the victim of insurance companies and medical professionals who will work against the victim and prevent them from having access to information and resources necessary in order to receive compensation after an accident.
What to Do at the Scene of an Accident
When there is an accident, safety and health are of primary concern. For this reason, if you or someone in your vehicle is injured, get medical assistance immediately. Make sure that all immediate emergencies have been addressed. This includes injuries that passengers may have sustained. Look for any immediate danger, like broken glass, fire, and potential trip hazards.
Call 911 and ask for emergency medical attention. If it does not seem like anyone is injured, contact the local police or Highway Patrol to provide the appropriate help for your situation. Take steps to prevent additional injuries by moving vehicles out of the way and making a clear path for traffic. Flares and warning signs should also be put in place to direct people away from a traffic accident.
Protect Yourself in the Weeks and Months after an Accident
During the weeks and months following your accident, it is important that you take steps to protect yourself. If you are injured, make sure that you have all of the documents pertaining to your injury and the medical care you received. This includes all testing information, such as blood test, x-rays, ultrasounds, MRIs, and any other examination that could shed light on injuries you sustained as a result of the accident.
At times, medical professionals and insurance companies may be reluctant to provide you with the testing information you need to file an insurance claim. If this is the case, immediately seek legal help. At the law office of Gray J. Natale we understand the tricks that insurance companies often employ in order to prevent injured individuals from getting the compensation they need, and we know how to beat them at their game. Call us today at 973-324-9711 or contact us online and let us put our years of experience to work for you.