What to Do After an Accident
Advice From Our Cincinnati Injury Lawyers
Being involved in a serious auto accidents a terrifying experience. Cincinnati
accident attorney Donald C. Moore, Jr. has the insight of a former insurance
claims adjuster and a true understanding of the common tactics that insurance
companies use to minimize their liability. From the very beginning, insurance
companies will try to elicit admissions to pay innocent victims the smallest
claim amounts possible. Car wrecks involving an 18-wheeler or semi-truck
often involve multiple parties, from the driver to the trucking company
to the insurance company, and those parties will attempt to evade responsibility for the
truck accident. If you have sustained injuries in a serious auto accident, call The Moore
Law Firm at your earliest opportunity to protect your right to justice.
What to Do at the Scene of a Car Accident
The first action to take if you have been involved in a car or truck accident
is to call 911, if you are able. Personal safety first! Get away from
traffic and make sure your injuries, or those of others, do not present
immediate danger. If possible, leave the cars in the original positions
until the police arrive, unless they are causing a safety hazard.
Seek medical assessment immediately, even if you think you do not need
it. After an accident, you may not recognize your injuries, as adrenalin
acts as a natural painkiller. Furthermore, even slight head trauma can
lead to concussions, and the secondary inflammation of a concussion can
cause traumatic brain injury in the aftermath of an accident. If you choose
not to receive treatment from emergency medical technicians immediately
following the accident, make an appointment to see your regular doctor
for a thorough check-up at once.
Do not confess to causing the accident or apologize after a car accident.
Remember, a serious auto accident may have numerous causes. This is not
the time to admit fault to anyone; just relay the facts as you know them
to the responding police officers. Provide your account of how the accident
happened, and take notes for your own personal records describing how
the accident happened, the names and contact information for any witnesses
and the makes and license numbers of any vehicles involved. Take photos!
Use your cell phone or other camera. If you are unable to do these things,
ask someone else to do them for you.
Keep a Journal
After the accident, keep a daily journal to describe your level of physical
and emotional pain and discomfort. Point out certain milestones, such
as when you are able to bathe yourself without assistance or when you
sleep through an entire night in your own bed. It is important to keep
track of how your symptoms and recovery progress, and it is important
to do so as it happens – you may not remember later on when answering
questions at a deposition or at trial.
Seek Legal Representation After an Auto Accident
After the accident, do not speak with the other driver’s insurance
company. A claims agent will attempt to get you to admit fault, and the
insurance company will use your conversations against you. Never speak
with an insurance claims agent without your own attorney present. Our
experienced Cincinnati car accident attorneys are prepared to represent
your interests and protect your rights.