Help! I think I have whiplash!
You didn’t ask for this. You were simply driving home from your Great Aunt Edna’s annual “what can we make out of Spam” family cook-off. Now here you are, sitting in a busy intersection waiting for the police to arrive–all because some guy in a muscle car decided to hot-rod it out of a Conoco parking lot while you were making a left at the light. What do you do now? Your adrenaline is pumped, your nerves are shot and you’re experiencing a touch of dizziness. Worse, you notice your neck is beginning to feel a little out of whack.
According to the US Census Bureau, over ten million traffic accidents occur in our county each year. Those accidents come in all different shapes and sizes. Your situation may not exactly or even remotely resemble the one above, but regardless, the same steps should be followed (if possible) in any incident.
Check to ensure that everyone is okay and move the vehicles from traffic. If the injuries are serious, call 911
Always Call For Police
Regardless of how minor the incident seems, or what is said or promised, you always want to obtain that official incident/accident report.
Never Admit Fault
When you are in an auto accident, emotions run high. It’s okay to show compassion and exchange insurance information with the other driver. However, don’t answer any questions or make any statements. And above all, DON’T EVER ADMIT GUILT. You may not be the guilty party. Let the police do their investigation and make that determination.
Take photos, write down the details of the accident and obtain any witness names and numbers.
Call Your Insurance Company
Determine if you want to involve your insurance company. If you do, do not procrastinate. Try to call within a day. If you’re not sure, check with a personal injury lawyer.
Seek Medical Attention
See a doctor immediately. Sometimes symptoms don’t appear for several days. If you wait too long, it may be much harder to prove that your injuries were a result of the accident.
Take Pictures Of Your Injuries
Get photos of all your injuries immediately. Those photos may be invaluable in a case against an insurance company that refuses to pay.
Take detailed notes regarding your medical treatment. If you see a chiropractor, write it down. If you need crutches or medication, log it. Keep every single receipt if you wish to obtain full reimbursement from an insurance company.
Get The Police Report
Police officers can sometimes make mistakes. If the police report has errors or is missing information, it could delay an injury claim. Obtain a copy for your records.
Call A Personal Injury Lawyer 1-800-365-0001
A personal injury lawyer has all the answers to all the questions that might arise after an accident–questions like: What if the driver at fault doesn’t have insurance? What if I’m injured avoiding a collision with another vehicle? Or, how much time do I have to file a lawsuit? And remember: Don’t sign anything you disagree with or don’t understand–whether it comes from your insurance company or from anywhere else. Get representation immediately! Call the Eshelman Legal Group, LLC to ensure that your rights are protected.
The attorneys at the Eshelman Legal Group understand that no matter how cautious you are, others may not be so careful, and accidents do happen. So we hope you don’t need to, but if you are in a situation where you need the advice of an personal injury attorney, the Eshelman Legal Group is here to help you. For over 40 years we have been assisting accident victims, and we are here to assist you too... because “We’ll make things right.”
Ask yourself this question… who does the adjuster work for? The adjuster works for the insurance company, they do not work for you.