A crash can happen out of nowhere. One minute, you’re driving along the roadway and the next, you’re thrown from your seat and see another car meshed with yours. You could be trapped behind a crushed-in vehicle door, bleeding from a shower of shattered glass or unable to move from your position, knowing that you’ve been seriously injured.
Not every collision plays out like that. Some are fairly minor and feel like a slight tap on your bumper. Others are severe and result in rollovers, fires, totaled vehicles and even death.
When you’re injured in a collision, we’re here to help you recover.
Ways You Could Be Injured In A Motor Vehicle Collision
You can be seriously injured in a car crash. You can also suffer a minor injury.
Injuries car wreck victims can suffer include:
- Traumatic brain injuries;
- Broken bones;
- Soft tissue injuries;
- Spinal cord injuries;
- Cuts; and
- Scars and bruises.
What To Do After A Collision
If you or anybody else involved in the crash needs an ambulance, call 911 right away. Otherwise, call the local police to have an officer sent to the scene.
Take as many photos of the accident as you can. Make sure you get photos of the angle where the cars hit, the damage to each of the cars involved, the skids on the roadway, and any area on your body where you’re visibly injured. These will all be important pieces of evidence you’ll use to support your personal injury claim.
Fill out an accident report with the officer. Make sure you keep a copy of this report. Before you leave the scene, exchange insurance information with every other driver involved in the crash. Then, exchange contact information with every witness to the crash.
Your next move should be to get medical attention for your injury. Even if you don’t “feel” injured, see a doctor as soon as you can to ensure that any injury you might have suffered is accurately diagnosed.
Talk to a personal injury lawyer about your options for an injury claim.
Your Personal Injury Claim
As a collision victim, a personal injury claim is your way to seek compensation for the losses you experience because of your injury. These losses are also known as damages.
The goal of a personal injury claim is to prove how another party’s negligence – in other words, their actions that caused the collision – directly caused you to suffer an injury and specific financial damages. You can seek compensation for:
- Your medical bills;
- Your lost wages; and
- Any other expenses you face because of your injury.
What Steps Should I Take If I Have Been Injured and Need to File a Lawsuit?
First and foremost, get medical help immediately. That cannot be emphasized enough. Do not call your attorney from the scene; instead, call an ambulance if you need emergency help. After you’ve sought emergency help and your most basic personal injury needs have been met, the next step is to document your damages, including taking photographs of your property damage. If you are not so injured that you can’t function on the scene, I would also recommend taking pictures at the scene of the vehicle placements and of the other vehicle. If you’ve sustained injuries to your body that are visible (i.e., cuts, lacerations, bruising), definitely take pictures of those and note the date they were taken. Bruises and cuts, for instance, heal over time, so we want to see how or if they have healed. Read More
If you’re injured in a car accident, we can explain how personal injury claims work during your free 30-minute policy evaluation. We will go over your policy’s details to help you understand the personal injury claim or if applicable, the PIP claim process.
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