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What to Do If You Are Involved In an Accident
If you are involved in an accident you should follow the steps below.
- Don't Panic – Even though you always hear this it is easy to get upset. However you need to keep a level head to make sure you are properly treated (for both your injuries and any compensation you may be due).
- Seek Professional Medical Treatment – If you have sustained any injuries see a doctor. Even if you don't think you have been injured and you "feel fine" you should get checked out by your doctor just to be sure. You may not be aware of injuries that your doctor may notice.
- Gather Information – Collect as much information about the accident and everyone involved as possible. Get names, driver's license numbers, addresses, and phone numbers of anyone involved in the accident, along with those of any witnesses.
Also, make sure you get the license plate number, make and model, vehicle identification number, insurance company and policy number (if any) of all the vehicles involved. In the case of an accident other vehicles such as bicycles, get as much information about the vehicle as you can.
- Contact an Accident Injury Attorney – An experienced accident attorney like those at Long & Waite of Mobile, Alabama, will work with the insurance companies and other people involved in the accident to help you receive full compensation for your injuries and damages.
- Contact the Authorities – Often, the police report can help you with your accident claim. It will show who the police believe to be responsible for the accident.
- Do Not Make Any Admissions – Even if you think you are at fault or if you are injured and aren't thinking clearly, never admit anything. Unfortunately, many times after an accident (especially an auto accident) victims are confused and admit fault, even if it is not true. Claiming that you are responsible for the accident can severely inhibit your chances of recovering compensation, even if it is later shown that you were not at fault.
- Don't Speak with Insurance Adjusters – Insurance adjusters are highly trained to keep from paying you for your injuries. Their job is to save the insurance company money, not to protect your rights. They may offer you a very small, quick settlement. Do not take this settlement before speaking to an experienced injury accident lawyer.
If you have been involved in an accident, call our experienced injury accident attorneys in Mobile and Baldwin County, Alabama - Long & Waite - today to schedule your free consultation. You'll talk to an experienced, knowledgeable attorney - not a paralegal or an assistant. Please contact us for a free legal consultation.
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