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What Should I do if I’m in an Automobile Accident?

What-Should-I-do-if-I’m-in-an-Automobile-AccidentIf you, a family member, or a friend is involved in an automobile accident, the first thing you should do is call 911. Your safety, along with the rest of those involved, should be the initial primary concern. Having the police on scene, and sometimes an ambulance, is not only necessary but will be extremely beneficial. The police will prepare an auto accident report and EMS will assist those badly injured.

If you are able to get out of your car, obtain the other party’s driver’s license information and insurance information. If you can, try to take photos of the scene, the road conditions, and the damage. The police should also gather this information if you are unable to do so.

Next, make sure that you receive the medical care that you need. Even if you do not feel as if you are injured, you will probably feel differently when the adrenaline wears off. Many people later experience whiplash, headaches, soreness, and pain. In addition, airbag and safety belts can leave bruises and burns.

If you are hurt at any time due to an auto accident, it is essential that you get yourself checked out. Injuries can show up days after an accident, but it is important to treat your injuries as soon as possible. A delay in treatment could affect your physical progress and ultimate recovery, and can diminish the value of your claim.

If an auto accident has left you, a family member, or a friend with physical, emotional, and/or financial troubles, call Heiting & Irwin to explore options related to a car accident injury case. The injured may be eligible to receive significant compensation for the trouble the accident and injury has caused.

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