I've Just Been In A Car Accident. What Do I Do?

If you have just been in a car accident, your first priority should be ensuring that you are not significantly physically injured. If you are, you should seek treatment immediately by calling emergency services and going to the ER.

Often, injuries aren't immediately visible, so it's imperative that you visit a doctor who can diagnose you and document any injury. If necessary, a doctor will refer you to treatment, including obtaining a MRI or CT Scan, or visiting a chiropractor.

Stay At The Scene

Car accidents tend to be physically and emotionally traumatic. After taking a moment to collect yourself and ensuring that you and anyone else involved is not seriously injured, you should move your vehicle out of the way of traffic, if possible. However, you should stay near the scene of the accident until emergency vehicles show up.

Call The Police And Emergency Services

It's a good idea to call the police and ensure a police report is filed in the event that there is a serious personal injury or significant damage to your vehicle. A police report should be filed.

Perform Your Due Diligence

You should collect information from the other drivers involved, as well as from any witnesses on the scene, including their contact information. In these situations, it's important that you don't divulge fault. Our initial reaction may be to apologize, but doing so can cause you to assume liability down the road.

Inform Your Insurance Company

Contact your insurance company and let them know the details of your accident.

Contact An Experienced Car Accident Lawyer

In serious accident cases, you may have difficulty obtaining the proper compensation. Contacting a knowledgeable attorney can give you more information on the merits of your case. To discuss, call our Athens, Georgia office at 706-395-5480. You can also use the online contact form.