Do's and Don'ts After a Car Accident
Critical Advice from a Charleston Car Accident Attorney
It is in the best interests of any person who has been in an auto accident
to understand the do's and don'ts after a car accident. The actions
you take after an accident can impact the value of a claim or lawsuit. Our
Charleston car accident lawyers offer an outline of what to do, and what not to do, after a car accident.
At McLeod Law Group, LLC, we have won over
$150 million in damages to date. We are fearless advocates in car accident
injury cases, and you can trust us to be fully committed to seeking the maximum
possible in compensation. Read the do's and don'ts so you don't
compromise your chances of getting full compensation in an injury claim
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Do: Contact the police and wait until the authorities have arrived. Call emergency
medical services if any person appears to be injured.
Don't: Say you caused the accident. It is a natural response to feel as if you
were guilty, even when another driver may have been responsible.
Do: Get contact information for all witnesses at the scene. Witnesses can
supply critical information and will need to be contacted in the process
of filing a claim or lawsuit. Get all contact information so that your
attorney can interview the witnesses about what was observed, which could
be critical in establishing negligence.
Don't: Leave out any detail, especially if it appears the other driver is stubborn
or believes you are at fault.
Do: If you are able, take pictures of the accident and other evidence such
as skid marks on the street or highway. Photographic evidence of the accident
could be critical in establishing negligence.
Don't: Ignore any signs of discomfort or pain you or a passenger of your vehicle
Do: Seek medical attention immediately after you've been involved in a
car accident. This is by far the most important action to take after an
accident. If you are unsure as to whether or not you have sustained injuries
or you have some type of injury, you must get your condition assessed
immediately. In some cases the damage sustained from the accident will
only become evident over the next few days, as in the case of
soft tissue damage. Some serious injuries are fatal if not treated immediately, such as closed
Don't: Allow access to your medical records until you speak with an attorney.
Do: Get legal representation from an experienced and successful personal injury
attorney. Insurance company personnel often try to convince an accident
victim that it is not necessary to retain the services of a personal injury
attorney. This is because the amount of compensation the company will
be forced to pay could be significantly higher when a skilled car accident
lawyer is representing you.
Don't: Talk to an insurance adjuster about your injuries without first retaining
Charleston & Columbia Car Accident Attorneys
Injured victims come to our firm for representation in car accident claims
because they have heard about our record of success. Our firm has been
awarded over $150 million in settlements and verdicts for our clients,
and has appeared in many local, statewide and national media outlets.
If you have been involved in a car accident and need representation from
an experienced attorney who will be a fearless advocate and has had success
in achieving high value settlements in difficult cases,
contact McLeod Law Group, LLC today.