if you were involved in a serious car accident and dont know what to do next follow this checklist

Feb 26, 2021

|Auto Accidents


Being in a car accident can turn your world on its head. There's no way to prepare for something like that happening, and though the aftermath can feel extremely overwhelming (especially if you or a loved one sustained an injury), never forget that there are plenty of helpful tools available to you. Of course, we understand that it's one thing to know that resources are out there for you – and it's another thing altogether to go about making use of them, especially while trying to get life back to normal. That's exactly what we're here for. We are committed to helping people whose lives have been turned upside down get back on their feet. If you were recently involved in a serious car accident and don't know what to do next, take a look at the checklist we've included below.

Your Post-Car Accident Checklist

The effects of a car accident don't disappear when the debris is cleared away; they can impact you and your loved ones for months. Whether you're days or weeks out of a serious car accident in which you were not at fault, know that there's plenty you can do in order to make sure you get back on your feet.

Organize Key Information from the Accident

Make sure that you have paper and digital copies of certain key information pertaining to your accident, including:

  • Your ID and proof of insurance
  • The other driver's license number and proof of insurance
  • The other driver's license plate number
  • The other driver's address and phone number
  • The names and contact information of any witnesses, if you or the police were able to collect these at the scene of the accident

Prioritize Your Well-Being

Prioritize Your Well-Being If your injuries were serious enough at the scene, chances are that you have already seen a doctor (more on that in the next couple of sections). That said, it is highly recommendable that you see a medical professional if you have not yet – especially if you have experienced dizziness, fatigue, or any soreness since the accident. Your well-being comes first, and it's important to be proactive about seeking out medical help following an incident as traumatic as a car accident.

Collect Evidence of the Accident and Injuries

Ideally, you will have taken photos of the accident at the scene. However, if this was not possible for any reason, take photos of your car now (if you can). If the accident was covered by local news outlets, save any articles or photos you find. Contact your police station for a copy of the accident report..

Gather Evidence of the Accident's Impact on You

We know that it's hard to seek out proof of all of the trauma you've endured, but it's critical for you to have documentation of the impact this accident has had on your life. This includes:

  • Photos of your injuries, both at the scene of the accident (if possible) and now.
  • Copy of any hospital, urgent care, or doctor's office forms following the accident, including proof of any procedures that you required.
  • Copies of your hospital bills and outstanding balances.

This is important because it presents a full picture of the direct impact that the accident had on your physical well-being. Getting back on your feet starts with understanding just exactly what you're dealing with – especially when it comes to your health.

Consult with an Attorney You Can Trust

Of course, being involved in a serious accident impacts your life in so many ways beyond physical health. The financial toll of a car accident is amplified when you miss work or are unable to make ends meet during your injuries. This, on top of the emotional burden that comes with a car accident, is a heavy load to bear. Nothing will undo what happened to you, but knowing your rights and your legal options is a solid way to seek justice and to start rebuilding. That requires an attorney whose integrity and advocacy you can trust.

Navigating life following a car accident can be difficult – especially when it comes to seeking justice and getting back on your feet. That's precisely why we've made this video available for free , detailing what you need to know after being involved in a car accident. Check it out, stay informed, and rest assured that you have resources and options at your disposal.


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