Many people who suffer injuries or damage in a car accident have no idea how to proceed to recover. For this reason, Coweta County auto accident lawyer Shane Smith offers the following four steps you should remember after an accident:
- Seek emergency medical care if necessary. Your health comes first, so if you believe you are seriously injured, call an ambulance and have paramedics examine you and transport you if necessary.
- Collect information. If you do not require emergency medical treatment, begin collecting evidence, such as the names and contact information of everyone involved and any possible witnesses. Note the weather conditions at the time of the accident, and your perceived version of events including the speed of the vehicles or any other details that stand out. Take pictures with your phone of the accident scene, vehicles, or anything else that stands out.
- See a doctor. If you were not transported to the hospital, you should still always seek a full medical examination to identify any minor injuries. Some injuries may not immediately have identifiable symptoms, so you may need an examination to diagnose them.
- Contact an attorney. No matter what caused the accident, it is always a good idea to consult with an auto accident lawyer as soon as possible regarding a possible case. A lawyer can help you communicate with insurance companies and file a personal injury claim if necessary.
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If you are in an auto accident, you should always try to stay calm and focus on your own best interests, even if the scene is chaotic. It is important to always have a plan so that you will know what to do even if you are stressed or confused. Finally, always make sure you contact an experienced auto accident attorney for assistance as soon as possible following an accident. The lawyers at the Law Offices of Shane Smith work to provide the highest quality of representation to auto accident victims, so please call our office today at (770) 487-8999 for help.