A car accident can create a whole host of problems. Being in an accident is a scary and stressful experience. Here are the top things you should do after you get into a car accident in the State of Ohio.
- Call the Police. Don’t let the other person convince you to just exchange information. People are, unfortunately, not always nice or honest. People who cause accidents have been known to lie about their names, addresses, and insurance coverage. They sometimes will ignore your phone calls later, or claim the accident was your fault. Protect yourself by having the police come and investigate.
- Take pictures. A lot. Take pictures of the cars, take pictures of the scene of the accident, take pictures of your injuries. As time goes on, cars will be fixed, bruises will heal, and skid marks will fade. Preserving that evidence will make your lawyers job easier, and lead to a bigger settlement!
- Go to the doctor if you are hurt. You know your body better than anyone else. If something is hurting that wasn’t hurting before the accident, go to the doctor. If you had a problem before the accident that was made worse, go to the doctor. The insurance companies love to claim you weren’t “really” hurt if you didn’t go to the doctor. If you want to get better as quickly as possible, AND get a fair settlement, go to the doctor. Don’t be a tough guy/gal and suffer, JUST GO!
- Do not give a “Recorded Statement”. Actually, don’t talk to the other guy’s insurance company at all about your injuries. It’s okay to talk to them about your car, but don’t talk injuries. The adjuster may seem really nice, but he or she is on a mission to pay you as little as possible. Don’t let them get away with it. Call 877-4-ICELAW, and talk with one of our attorneys before speaking with the insurance company.
- Call an experienced injury lawyer. We would love it if you called us. Even if you don’t, do yourself a favor and talk to an experienced injury lawyer. The person who injured you has people looking out for their best interest. You need someone looking out for you.