You’re in a Car Accident. Now What?
Car accidents are traumatic experiences that frequently result in a great deal of suffering and damage to everyone involved. Figuring out how to handle the aftermath of a car accident can be an overwhelming process. Here’s what you should know:
What to Do When You’ve Been in a Car Accident
Pursuant to Nevada law, while at the scene of the accident, you have the duty to stop and stay at the scene, give information and assist with the scene if possible, notify the owner of any unattended vehicles or property that has been damaged by the accident, and inform a police officer of the accident as soon as possible. A few steps that you should take following leaving the scene include:
- Reach out to your insurance company as soon as possible and explain exactly what happened
- Attain an accident report from the police officer that was at the scene
- Take several pictures of the entire accident
- Seek medical attention and take note of what the medic finds
- Pursue a valuation of the property damage from the accident
- Get in contact with a personal injury lawyer
Why It Is Important to Take Pictures
Pictures can serve as proof of any injuries or damages that are a direct result of the car accident, as well as help explain how the accident happened. Pictures can frequently be utilized as evidence of what occurred during the car accident, and therefore, you should take photos of the entire scene of the accident, any damage that occurred to the vehicle, nearby traffic signs, your injuries, the witnesses and their information, and the responding police officer. It is beneficial to take as many pictures as possible at the scene of the car accident. Pictures helpful in that they save you from having to remember specific details about the potentially traumatic accident.
Why It Is Important to Be Screened by A Medical Professional
Many injuries sustained from a car accident won’t always show up right away, and you could have several “hidden” injuries that you were unaware of. A medic can evaluate your state of health following the incident and can help identify exactly what injuries have been caused by the accident. This can then be used as evidence to prove that the car accident resulted in certain injuries. It is important to see a medic sooner rather than later following a car accident as it is harder to prove that an injury was a direct result of the car accident the longer you wait to be screened. Common symptoms from a car accident include headaches, neck and shoulder pain, back pain, numbness, abdominal pain and swelling, PTSD, and behavioral changes. It is recommended to initially get screened by a medical professional within 24 hours of the car accident, however, several injuries from the accident may not reveal signs or symptoms of being present immediately after the accident.
How Long Injury May Take to Show Signs
Many injuries sustained from a car accident can take time to set in and reveal themselves. This is often due to the rush of adrenaline that is faced directly after an accident. Adrenaline can mask pain and make us feel fine immediately after an accident. Later on, however, we could begin to feel the consequences of the crash. Symptoms such as pain, swelling, and limited mobility from a car accident injury can appear several days or even weeks after the accident. Occasionally, car accidents result in concussions, which could take several hours or days to reveal symptoms. It is important to not ignore the signs and symptoms of these potential injuries and visit a doctor if you do not feel well.
Why You Need an Attorney
A personal injury lawyer can help you receive full monetary compensation for your suffering and injuries from a car accident. Insurance companies tend to grant you minimal compensation for your accident, while an attorney will work to get you the financial compensation you deserve. When you’ve been in a victim of a car accident, call Carlson & Work at 775-298-6403. for help from experienced personal injury attorneys.