After any type of accident, whether it’s in your car, your truck, or bicycle, you need to be prepared for taking some time to heal. Road accidents are a very common occurrence unfortunately and take diligence and observation. Here are some things that you should be sure to do following an incident. If you possibly want to press charges and file a formal complaint, you should consider looking at personal injury attorneys, who have your best interests at heart.
1. Get as much information as you can
Immediately after the accident, it is very important to make sure to get all the relevant details pertaining to the event. From the full and accurate details of the vehicles involved in the accident including the insurance policy numbers, address and exact location of the incident, the details of the other drivers, to the details of the witnesses to the accident and the injured. In fact, any detail that seems important, it is best to record and document immediately after the accident so as not to forget it later.
2. Photograph of the damage caused to the vehicle and body
When possible, it is recommended to photograph the damage to the vehicle from several angles, so that it is possible later, after the repair and over time, to be impressed by the intensity of the injury. Many injuries (usually abrasions and superficial blows), which over time heal without leaving any mark. In such cases it is desirable to have a picture of the damage in the hands of the victim so that they can prove it to the insurance company in time.
3. Get the help you need
After a car accident, you should seek medical treatment at the hospital without any delay. The reason for this is twofold. First, of course, in order to take care of the victim’s (or your own) health. Second, in order for the victim to have documentation of the accident. The medical institution referred to, how exactly the accident happened, where, when, etc. It is also important that the victim emphasizes exactly what he suffered as a result of the accident so that his complaints will also be documented. While providing these details make sure everything is recorded in the medical report And that the victim receives a copy of the medical report prepared. If you have any type of mental trauma, it is important to receive help for any anxiety or depression.
4. Notification to the police of the accident
When possible, the victim must go to the police station and report the accident, in order to obtain approval from the police with the details of everyone involved in the accident, including vehicle details and insurance policies. This approval is of double importance. First, it must be transferred to the medical institution that treated the victim after the accident so that the financial charge for the medical treatment will be sent directly to the relevant insurance company and not to the victim.
5. Building the medical file and keeping the documents
In most cases, bodily injuries tend to crystallize only after many months and sometimes even after a year from the date of the accident. Therefore, the victim worries about getting all the medical treatments needed during the above period, while addressing doctors suitable according to their area of expertise (orthopedist, neurologist, etc.).You know the issues that you have encountered, and therefore there should be an accurate record alongside.
A common mistake made by victims of road accidents is to receive too much medical treatment, which is unrealistic and/or appropriate, given the nature of their injury. A person injured in an accident has a duty to prove his injuries and the fact that the medical treatment he received and/or will receive in the future is reasonable and plausible and is a result of the accident and not something else, such as a medical condition that preceded the accident or some natural illness. If the amount of medical treatment is unreasonable given the nature of the injury, it is likely that the injured party will not receive a full refund of his expenses for receiving the above medical treatment.
In light of all the above, it is recommended for those injured following road accidents. Be objective and logical after the accident, regarding the number of treatments, etc. It is certainly a trying time, but sadly, these incidents are all too common which means that it is best to be prepared. Forewarned is forearmed and this is certainly an incident you don’t want to have to keep reliving.