Being in an Atlanta automobile accident can be a traumatic and frightening experience. What many people do not realize is their ability to receive an adequate settlement is affected by their immediate actions.
Double Check that Police Report!
One of the most important actions to take is to report the accident to a police officer and make sure he takes an accurate record of what happened.
The police report which he later creates is one of the most important pieces of evidence which will be used in representing your case. Second, make sure you seek immediate treatment for your injuries.
Don’t Take Any Chances…Go Seek Medical Attention
Ideally, you would want to visit a hospital to ensure there is no broken bones or other permanent injuries which need medical attention. You then want to follow up with regular treatments at a qualified chiropractor’s office.
This ensures two things – it makes sure you receive the necessary treatment needed for you to heal properly; and secondly, it documents your injuries so that they can be reported to the insurance companies.
The insurance company will likely not settle your claim unless you have sought treatment and have the medical records to prove that you were in fact injured. Most importantly, seek treatment immediately!
One of the biggest mistakes people make is waiting to see a doctor after they have been injured. If you wait a week, two weeks or longer before seeking treatment, this may significantly reduce your chances of a reasonable settlement.
The importance of always taking pictures following an accident
Pictures are always the proper way of having absolute clarity in an accident scene. It helps preserve visual evidence for your claim or demand. Take as many pictures as you can of the vehicles which were involved in the accident. Do not just take pictures of your own vehicle, but also the other driver’s vehicle.
This will help communicate the severity of the collision when negotiating with the insurance company.
Who Saw What?
Lastly, make sure you note down the names and contact information of any witnesses. In many of our trials, witness testimony has made an enormous impact on the outcome.
Following these steps is the best way to ensure that you have covered all of your bases. If you, a loved one or a family member has been involved in a car accident, contact our Atlanta personal injury attorneys today at (770) 941-0913 and get the immediate attention you deserve.