You’ve taken care of some of the most important steps immediately after your car accident, but there are still some things to do the following day. You and your passengers are likely feeling the effects of the impact; aches and pains are common after even a minor collision. The steps you take next will help protect your financial wellbeing and your future.
5 Things to do 24 Hours After a Car Accident
Contact the Police
While most people call the police immediately after an accident, in California you have a window of 24 hours after the crash to file a report. If you have not already done so, take the time to contact the police and file a report about your crash. Your insurance company and auto accident attorney will need this documentation later.
Take Pictures of your Car
If your car was so damaged it can no longer be driven, head to the location it was towed and snap photos of the final condition of the vehicle. While a mechanic can detail the damage thoroughly, pictures are also essential to document your case and to show what happened.
Go to the Doctor
If you did not see a doctor the day of the accident, it is time to head in. Concussion, neck and back injuries may not be readily apparent right after your accident, but you could begin experiencing pain or symptoms the next day. Since some damage, including concussions, do not heal well without medical attention, it is critical to be seen. Seeing a doctor also helps document your case and ensures that the correct amount of compensation for a settlement is reached.
Call your own Insurance Company
Even if you were not at fault, you should reach out to your own insurance company to let them know there is a claim and outline the circumstances of your accident. They need these details to properly service your account.
Speak with a Car Accident Attorney
Whether an insurance company offers you a settlement or you just need help and reassurance, contacting an automobile accident lawyer can help ensure your rights are protected and you get the best possible advice and outcome for your case. If you try to do it yourself, you might end up with a much smaller settlement than you are entitled to, leaving you responsible for missed wages, repairs to your vehicle and medical costs.
Time matters after an accident; make these items a priority in the 24 hour period after a crash and you’ll protect your health, finances and future. If you’ve been in an accident and need help, contact Harshbarger Law today.