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Attorney Zane Cagle

Posted on September 4th, 2015,
by Zane Cagle

First Steps to Take After a Car Accident

Posted on September 4th, 2015 by Zane Cagle

injury attorney phone applicationNo one ever plans a car crash.

Often folks call me and wonder what steps they should follow after a car crash Just as no one plans on a house fire, we still make a emergency plans in case one happens. Thus, having a plan should you be in a car crash is a good idea. Downloading our free phone app (Injury Attorney) allows you to store information and reminds you of important information you need to gather. Also, it is a handy resource for emergency numbers, hospitals, and tow services in the area.

There are some things you should always do after a car crash.    Individuals are usually pretty shaken up after a crash and often, you are not able to think clearly. Injury Attorney is an easy app that reminds you of the steps you need to take and information you need to gather after a crash, if you are able.

Steps To Take After a Car Crash:

Call 911:

You should immediately call 911 after a car crash. The seconds you wait to call emergency personnel could be the difference in saving someone’s life if the crash is serious.  Also, even if you think it is just a fender-bender, failure to call the authorities can cause you many problems should you need to make an injury claim.  DO NOT make the mistake of  just exchanging information and not notifying the authorities. Often a police incident report is crucial as a piece of evidence/documentation if you sustain injuries.

Assess Physical Injury:

Be sure everyone in the vehicles is okay, meaning they do not have life-threatening injuries.  Again, if you’ve call 911, then help is on the way. Don’t attempt to move an injured person unless there are dangerous circumstances that require the injured person to be moved.

Retrieve information from the other driver and any passengers

Be certain to get information from other driver(s) and all passengers including insurance information, license plate number and personal contact information (name, address, phone and email)

Take Photos:

Depending on the severity of injuries, you may or may not be able to take photos of the damaged vehicles at the crash site. If you are able, you should take photos of the cars and the damage in the position in which the cars crashed.

Seek Medical Treatment:

Initially, many people are just grateful to discover they can actually walk and nothing is bleeding after a crash. But, do not just assume you will be fine. After trauma, you should seek medical treatment to be sure that you are okay.

Call a car crash attorney as soon as possible

The days following a car crash are a real pain.  Whether it is actual pain that you feel or the hassle of replacing or repairing your car due to property damage.  It is a time of uncertainty and you have many questions.  If the crash was someone else’s fault, you remain on pins and needles wondering if their insurance company will pay for your property damages and often, you stress wondering whether they will pay for you medical treatment.  Some people actually try to wait and see if the other insurance company will pay before they go to the doctor—this is a mistake.

If you are in pain or thing you are injured, seek medical treatment.

The First Priority after  Motor Vehicle Crash

The first priority should always be your physical well-being thus, you should seek medical treatment.  This action actually accomplishes two very important goals. First and foremost, it ensures you get the medical treatment that you need to physically recover. Second, it documents your injury.

If you are injured an have medical costs, you will probably need an attorney and contacting one as soon as possible better enables you to recover essential evidence needed to pursue your claim.  Simple property damage claims can generally be worked out, however, you should contact an attorney if you have any injuries.

Contacting an Attorney

Contacting a car crash attorney is easy. Whether you are in Missouri or Illinois, our attorneys are available seven days a week. A  Consultations with personal injury attorneys are free and it’s a time to ask questions confidentially.  Often, these initial consultations can take place over the phone.

Our attorneys at The Cagle Law Firm are available seven days a week toll free (314) 276-1681 or (314) 276-1681.