Next Steps After A Car, Truck Or Motorcycle Accident

Protecting yourself after suffering injuries in a car accident is vital. The unwary often end up receiving less compensation than they deserve. During our free initial consultations, our clients often express confusion regarding the appropriate steps to take after a motor vehicle accident.

For a discussion regarding your individual circumstances, you can contact a personal injury attorney at Zerbe Garner Blondell & Weldon LLP. We can answer your questions, help you navigate insurance claims and medical documentation, and take other legal action to help you in your recovery. You can schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers by calling 812-551-0436. Our main office is in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

You can also find information on the most important actions to take in the wake of an accident below.

Top Five Things To Do After A Motor Vehicle Accident

Below are five steps to take after a car accident that can help you protect your financial rights while you determine your next steps:

  1. Call the police. In the immediate aftermath of an accident, you will want to ensure your safety. Police can help direct traffic if necessary. In addition, a police report will be vital to establishing your case. Police may note in the report if the driver who hit you was on his or her smartphone, for example.
  2. Get multiple valuations. You do not have to rely on the insurance company's estimate, which may not be accurate. You can get multiple assessments from independent repair shops.
  3. Be careful who you talk to. Do not discuss the details of your accident with anyone outside of your attorney and your doctor. Even your own insurance company may not have your best interests in mind after an accident. When in doubt, simply say you are choosing not to discuss the issue until you have spoken to an attorney. Posting details on social media and speaking to insurance adjusters can end up harming your case and leading to a lower settlement than you deserve.
  4. Document your medical visits and any diagnosis. Even if you are not aware of any immediate injuries, some devastating injuries, including to the back and neck, are not always initially apparent. Make sure you see a doctor after your accident. If you have lingering symptoms, do not hesitate to seek a second opinion. Not only is your health the most important thing to attend to after an accident, but you will need to document your injuries to get a fair settlement.
  5. Do not settle without first contacting an attorney. Be wary of initial settlement offers. Insurance companies like to resolve cases quickly and with as minimal a payout as possible. If you have not spoken to a personal injury lawyer, you may not get as large a settlement as is warranted by your injuries and damage to your property.

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We do not charge a fee for an initial consultation, nor do we accept a fee unless we obtain a settlement for you. You can contact us at 812-551-0436 or reach us anytime here. We respond promptly to inquiries.