What to do if I'm injured in an accident?
1. Speak To No One - except police and medical personnel, until you consult an experienced personal injury lawyer.
2. Do Not Sign Any Papers From An Insurance Company - until you consult an attorney. If you settle or release your case too soon, your claim may end before you receive full compensation.
3. Call Your Personal Injury Attorney - as soon as possible so the attorney may investigate the accident, obtain photos, witnesses, measurements and evidence while the facts are fresh.
4. See A Doctor For Your Injuries - and follow up with your doctor or chiropractor as they recommend. Medical bills should be paid by your own health insurance company or auto insurance first.
5. Collect Witness Names And Contact Information.
6. Do Not Repair Or Destroy Your Vehicle - until your attorney has a chance to inspect and photograph it.
7. If Citations Or Tickets Are Issued - do not appear in court or give written or recorded statements without first contacting a personal injury attorney. Otherwise, your rights may be affected.
8. Keep Anything Relating To The Accident Or Your Injury - until your attorney has a chance to examine it. For example, if your injury requires a cast or brace, save it for evidence. Keep any journals or notes you write following the accident. Keep records of losses, such as lost time and wages, health care bills, prescription drug expenses, travel expenses and other expenses.
9. Do Not Disclose Information About Your Accident Or Injuries - by email, or by posting on social networks such as Facebook or Twitter.
This list does not state all steps needed to protect your rights. You should consult a qualified personal injury attorney for advice specific to your case.