According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation, the most common type of accident is a car accident. Car accidents occur all the time and injuries may occur as a result. In some cases, a car accident may only be a minor fender bender, and the injuries may be minimal. Examples of those injuries are bumps, bruises, and a sore neck, which can usually heal, even in the absence of medical attention. Unfortunately, however, some car accidents are major and result in catastrophic injuries. If you experience a car wreck, the following tips can help you stay safe and ensure your chances of recovering compensation for your injuries.
Remember to Remain Calm
When you or a loved one is injured in a car accident, you may have a rush of emotions. It is extremely important, however, to remain calm. Whether you sustain an injury or witness a severe injury, the way you act can have an effect on the way you and others deal with the situation.
Get to a Safe Location
It is also important that you get to a safe location where you are free from danger. Although you want to get to a safe location, however, do not leave the scene of the accident, as this could result in criminal penalties.
Assess the Situation
From your safe location, you must assess the situation. In assessing the situation, you should determine if there are any severe injuries and whether you can safely help any injured people. If you are unable to provide assistance due to your own injuries or for any other reason, the next thing you should remember to do is to call the police.
Call the Police
Calling the police is an absolute necessity. Law enforcement officials are trained to guide you through the situation and will ensure the safety of all parties involved.
Even if the accident or injuries are not severe, it is still important to call law enforcement officials. The police will be able to provide you with an accident report, which may be essential in any insurance claims or later litigation.
Take Detailed Notes and Photographs of the Accident
After you have assessed the situation and called the police, it is important to try to take detailed notes of the scene of the accident, getting names of any individuals who are involved or witnessed the car accident. If it is safe to do so, try to get photographs of the damage to the vehicles, injuries, surrounding areas, and anything you may think is relevant.
Seek Medical Attention
Immediately thereafter, seek medical attention. Whether you sustain minor or major injuries, it is important to seek medical attention because your injuries could worsen in the future. This will help increase your chances of being awarded compensation in an accident claim.
The Final Step: Contact an Attorney
Finally, if you are injured in a car accident, contact Bice Law by calling 877-BICE-877 or visit our website to schedule a free consultation. Our attorneys will be able to remind you of all of the steps you must take after a car accident. They will also be able to maximize your recovery from a tortfeasor and your insurance company. Feel free to reach out to us today to begin working on your case immediately.