If you have been involved in a car accident, it is important to follow certain steps to ensure your legal rights are protected, the liable parties are correctly identified, and that you receive the proper medical care required. Kirkland, WA, personal injury attorneys Liz Quick and Matt Quick can help guide you in what to do after a car accident in order to help maximize your chances of recovery. We focus on helping injured clients get the help they need, and provide aggressive representation in pursuit of full and fair compensation. Contact us online or call (425) 576-8150 so we can begin working on your case immediately.
What to Do at the Scene of a Car Accident
Each accident is unique but there are general steps that most individuals should take:
Obtain Medical Help
If your injuries are severe, you may need to be transported to the hospital for more intensive treatment than what can be provided on the scene. If your injuries are less severe, you need to call your primary care physician and make an appointment as soon as possible. Many injuries are not immediately apparent but can develop over time. Do not ignore any symptoms, but instead call your doctor for a visit and go see any specialists recommended.
Call the Police
The police will arrive on the scene and assess the situation. A police report will be generated, which designates who is liable for the accident. This report is a vital piece of evidence, and can only be obtained if you call the police as soon as possible after the accident happens.
Take pictures of all damage done to your car and of any personal injuries you sustained. Photos of the position of the vehicles are also recommended, as is taking down the names and insurance information of all drivers and passengers.
Do Not Admit Liability
Do not make any statements that admit liability. Do not say you are sorry and do not agree to accept blame for the accident.
Contact an Attorney
Immediately locate a personal injury lawyer you trust. They will go over the facts and develop a strategy to help you receive the medical care you need and the compensation you deserve.
The law places a strict timeline on seeking damages from the negligent party. If you fail to meet that deadline, you will not be given a second chance. Quick Law Group
The Importance of Legal Assistance Immediately After an Accident
It is extremely important to seek legal assistance right away. The law places a strict timeline on seeking damages from the negligent party. If you fail to meet that deadline, you will not be given a second chance. Our personal injury attorneys can also provide guidance on what type of medical care you might require so any effects are properly documented. Evidence will need to be preserved, beginning from the time of the accident and going forward. Trained attorneys will gather the evidence needed to support your claims, and make sure key pieces of information are not overlooked.
The insurance companies for both the at-fault driver and any other drivers involved in the collision will begin calling for official statements very shortly after the accident takes place. In order to provide the most accurate description of what happened and determine fault, it is critical to allow a qualified attorney review your case right away and speak on your behalf. As time passes, the facts may become less clear. By seeking immediate assistance after the wreck, you are more likely to relay the facts as they took place.
Contact Our Office for More Information
Proving liability requires legal and factual analysis. Talking to an attorney as soon as possible after the accident gives them the chance to begin work immediately, increasing your chances for full compensation. If you have been hurt in a car accident, please contact Quick Law Group, PLLC, today. To schedule your consultation, contact us online or call us at (425) 576-8150.