Northwest Indiana car accident lawyer discusses the two things that you must do if you were involved in a car accident.
For folks who have never been involved in a car accident, there are a number of pitfalls to the unknowing. In this blog, we will discuss the 2 things that you must do within 24 hours of your car accident.
Get checked out at a hospital or urgent care center
If you were involved in a car accident; you're pumped up, adrenalin is running through your body. You may start to feel some stiffness and/or pain and you tell yourself “I'm going to be okay.” And that may be true, you may be okay. However, you should get checked out immediately for a number of reasons. First, you may have an underlying medical condition that can cause severe problems if it is not caught immediately. I can't tell you how many times clients reported to me that they thought they were okay after an accident and they had a broken spine, arm or leg. I can't tell you how many clients have told me that they thought they were okay after an accident and they injured a disc in their spine.
Second, if you don't get checked out immediately and you decide to make a personal injury claim, the insurance company will take the position that you weren't injured that bad in the accident because you didn't get immediate medical attention.
Call your insurance company and/or agent and report the claim
You have a duty to report your claim to your insurance company whether or not you are at fault for the crash. The insurance adjuster or agent will take down some basic information regarding the accident. They will also tell you what type of coverage you have available. Some folks do not under their automobile insurance coverage. For instance, if you have collision coverage, you may want to get your car fixed through your own insurance. If you have medical payments coverage, the insurance company representative will give you a claim number and billing address so you can give the information to your doctors.
We believe that one of our functions as Northwest Indiana personal injury lawyers is to provide information and guidance to an injured person so they do not make any mistakes that will their ability to get their car fixed or the medical attention that is required after they're injured in an accident.
If you have any questions about a Northwest Indiana car, truck or motorcycle accident, don't hesitate to contact one of our Michigan City personal injury attorneys at (219) 874-4878 or fill out the internet consultation form on the right hand side of the screen.