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What should I do after getting into a car crash?

When you have been in an accident that another motorist caused, you may, understandably, be emotionally shaken and preoccupied with your injuries. However, a lack of wariness may prevent you from getting the full compensation to which you are entitled. A few tips may help you take the right steps to protect yourself following a car crash leading to injury in Indiana.

First steps following a car crash

After seeking medical attention, it is critical that you contact the police to ensure that you remain safe. The police can direct traffic in the crash area, if needed, and can also produce a report that will help you to establish your car crash case. For example, the police might make a note in the police report if the motorist who struck you was driving while distracted by using his or her mobile phone at the time of the crash.

Next, it is beneficial not only to get a car repair estimate from your insurance company but also to get several other valuations. Your insurance company's estimate might not necessarily be accurate. It may be helpful to get several assessments from repair shops that operate independently as well.

Next steps following a car crash

It is best to avoid having conversations about whose fault the accident was. In addition, it is wise to avoid apologizing for anything following the motor vehicle accident, as this may be used as evidence of you being at fault in the accident.

Next, documenting your doctor's visits as well as any diagnoses you receive is important. You might not be aware of immediate injuries, but some serious injuries, such as those to the neck and back, do not always surface right away. The more you document all of your injuries, the more likely you are to get a settlement that is fair. If necessary, you can pursue a second opinion.

Finally, it is important to avoid settling with an insurance company without contacting a lawyer first. Insurance companies prefer to resolve their cases rapidly and pay out as little money as possible. Failure to speak with an Indiana attorney early on may prevent you from getting as big of a settlement as warranted in light of your injuries or the property damage you have experienced as a result of the car crash.

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