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Steps To Take After A Car Wreck

If youve ever been involved in an automobile crash, you probably already have an appreciation for the profound effect it can have on both you and your family members — particularly if you or your passengers sustained serious injuries. And on top of all that, the accident probably happened so fast that it has left you feeling a whole host of emotions, including confusion and perhaps even anger.

Nevertheless, your Peachtree Corners car wreck lawyer will tell you that there are a few things to keep in mind after an accident occurs. Contact McGahren, Gaskill & York as soon as possible if you have been involved in an automobile accident.

Contact the authorities.

Under Georgia law, drivers who are involved in automobile accidents that result in the injury or death of another, or in property damage totaling $500 or more, are required to notify the authorities right away.

But even beyond the legal requirement to notify, contacting the police will help ensure that any accident-related evidence is preserved as much as possible. Additionally, once the officer creates an accident report and/or issues citations, that will work to prevent unnecessary litigation and disputes over who was at fault for the accident.

If necessary, seek medical attention as soon as possible.

Of course, if you are injured, seek medical attention right away. However, even if you believe you are not injured, you are encouraged to seek medical care anyway. Mistakenly, some accident victims automatically assume that they are not injured because they feel fine right after the accident takes place. However, individuals often do not realize that they have been injured until a day or so after a car crash.

Also, do not bypass going to the doctor in an effort to save money and avoid costly medical bills. Keep in mind that your failure to seek medical attention merely because you cannot afford it will create an unexplainable gap in your treatment — which could ultimately harm your case, should you need to go to court.

Take pictures of the scene and your injuries as soon as possible.

As the old saying goes, A picture is worth a thousand words. That said, pictures should be taken not only of the accident scene and all the vehicles involved in the collision, but also the injuries sustained, as bruises, swelling and lacerations will eventually heal, making it difficult to properly describe them at a later date.

Jot down relevant notes, as well as the names, addresses and numbers of all witnesses at the scene.

It is not uncommon for an accident victims memory to fade as time passes. Accordingly, you should be sure to jot down everything you remember about the accident from the point just before the crash occurred, all the way until you leave the scene that day for good and start obtaining medical treatment (if necessary).

Also, if there were witnesses at the scene, you are encouraged to gather their complete contact information as well. Even if a citation is given to the individual who caused the crash, unless proper information is obtained from witnesses, the negligent party could easily avoid liability.

Notify your own insurance company of the accident, but also obtain your own estimate of any property damages incurred.

Failure to notify your own insurance company in a timely manner might hinder you from being covered if the person who caused the crash does not carry sufficient insurance. Also, you should not totally rely on what the insurance company says the damages are. Be sure to obtain your own independent estimate.

Do not assume the accident was your fault. Contact a car wreck attorney today.

One important thing for accident victims to keep in mind is to never admit fault for the accident. Admitting fault without having adequate knowledge of the law will ultimately do you more harm than good in the event you find out that your actions during the accident were reasonable in light of the circumstances.

If you or a loved one has been involved in an automobile wreck, contact McGahren, Gaskill & York right away to discuss the particulars of the case.


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