Car accidents in Atlanta can be extremely disorienting, and it can be difficult to think clearly when you are involved in a collision. Even in situations where the crash only results in minor injuries, you might not be focused on steps you need to take in order to maintain your eligibility for compensation in a motor vehicle collision claim since you are worrying about how you will pay for the damage and whether your injuries will prevent you from working. While it can be challenging to focus after a crash, it is important to take certain steps in order to have the evidence you will need to win your claim and obtain the financial compensation you need and deserve.
The following are important steps to take after any motor vehicle crash in the Atlanta area, whether the accident involves one or more motor vehicles, including cars, trucks, SUVs, and motorcycles.
1. Take Photographs at the Scene of the Atlanta Car Accident
Now that most people have smartphones, it is relatively easy to document any scene. It is critical to document the scene where a motor vehicle collision occurred. You should take pictures from multiple angles and distances. Be sure to capture photos of the broader area where the collision occurred since that information may be helpful to an accident reconstruction expert who later works on your case. In addition, you should take close-up shots of property damage, injuries, and any other critical details from the scene.
2. Get Contact Information for Anyone Involved in or Around the Scene of the Crash
You may know that you need to obtain contact information, along with insurance details, from any other motorist involved in the crash. Yet in addition to seeking contact information from others involved in the accident, it is also important to get contact information for anyone who may have witnessed the collision. It can be extremely difficult to locate witnesses later on if you do not obtain contact information at the scene, and their recollections may be critical to supporting your version of events.
3. Seek Medical Attention As Soon As Possible
Some types of car accident injuries may not result in immediate signs or symptoms, yet they can worsen immensely without appropriate medical treatment. For example, whiplash is a common car accident injury, according to the Mayo Clinic, but it may take hours or days for symptoms to appear. If you fail to get timely treatment for injuries, not only can you experience additional medical bills and pain, but you may allow the defendant to argue that you are partially at fault for the severity of your injuries.
4. Report the Claim to Your Auto Insurer
Regardless of your auto insurance claim plans, you need to report the accident to your insurance company as soon as possible. When you report the accident, only provide facts to the representative. If you offer your opinion or any commentary, the insurance company could try to use your statements against you in order to deny your claim.
Contact an Atlanta Auto Accident Lawyer
Our Atlanta car accident lawyers are here to assist you with your case, from the early stages of an auto insurance claim to filing a car accident lawsuit against the negligent driver who caused the crash. Contact Stewart Miller Simmons Trial Attorneys online or call our office at (404) 529-3476.