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I Have Been in a Car Accident: What Do I Need to Do?

Being involved in a car accident is both an emotionally and physically painful experience. If you have been in a car accident with minor or no apparent injuries, the first step you need to take is to contact the police and exchange information with the other involved parties. Do not discuss the accident with the other parties.

Wait for the police to arrive and then give them your account of the circumstances leading up to the accident. The police report will likely indicate who the responding officer believed to be at fault and what is believed to have caused the accident. This report could prove essential when it comes time for your lawyer to file an insurance claim or lawsuit on your behalf.

If you or a passenger has sustained serious injury in the accident, your first action should be to seek medical attention. Even if you don't feel you were injured in the accident, or you aren't feeling any immediate pain or discomfort, it is always best to see a doctor immediately if you have been involved in an auto collision. There are certain types of injuries that are not immediately apparent, including closed head injuries which can be fatal if not treated immediately.

Soft tissue injuries such as the following may only become evident the day following the accident, and can be difficult to resolve, requiring several weeks of treatment, or longer.:

  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Bruising

Once a police report has been filed and your medical condition assessed, you need to contact an experienced car accident lawyer and secure legal representation. Having an aggressive attorney advocating to protect your interests could mean the difference between receiving a reduced settlement, which will only partially cover the injuries and damage you sustained, or you receiving the maximum possible compensation for your injuries, time off from work, loss of income and compensation for pain and suffering.

If you have been involved in a car accident, a skilled Orange County personal injury lawyer at Cohn & Swartzon, P.C. may be able to help. The firm has been successfully fighting for the rights of accident victims in Orange County for more than 30 years. They understand the immediate pain and long-term consequences that can be the result of negligent drivers, whether texting, speeding, or other form of driving conduct. The firm is known for getting results, and is highly dedicated to seeking justice and full compensation for each person served.

To learn more, contact the firm now.