I was injured in a car wreck, now what?
If you get involved in a car wreck, it can be a very traumatic and surprising experience. It can also be somewhat confusing and complex because you may not have been through it before. If you’re dealing with serious injuries, then you also add a level of complexity with medical treatments and hospital visits.
So what should you do after that crash? Let’s take a look at some of the most important steps to take.
Check for injuries
First off, check yourself for injuries, and then check with your passengers to see if they have been injured. You want to identify any potentially severe injuries right away. This does not mean that people who appear to be uninjured are truly fine, as they could have internal injuries and need medical treatment. But you want to quickly identify who needs medical assistance first.
Find a safe location
If it’s possible to move safely out of the car and to the side of the road, it could be wise to do so. You may even want to move your car out of traffic, while being careful not to leave the scene of the accident.
Work with the authorities
Next, you simply need to work with the authorities to get medical care for those who have been injured, give your statement to the police officers as they make the report and much more. You also want to talk to the other driver to exchange information.
Finally, if you suffered serious injuries in the car wreck, the other individual may be liable for those injuries because they caused the crash. This can, in turn, cause you significant financial harm. If you cannot work, then you have lost wages to consider. If you have high medical bills, you need someone to cover them.
In short, neither the accident nor the ramifications were your fault, so it’s important to know what legal steps to take to get the compensation you deserve from the other party.