When you are driving throughout Mesa, the last thing you expect to happen is being involved in a car accident. However, since you cannot control the actions of other drivers, it is important to know what to do should you find yourself facing this situation. If you are unprepared when an accident occurs, you may find yourself unable to gain the compensation needed for medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages. Should you be involved in a car accident, here are some tips to keep in mind.
1. Never Admit Fault
When you are speaking to police or the other driver involved in the accident, never say anything that sounds as if you are admitting fault for the accident. Therefore, while you may want to be polite and courteous to those at the scene, never say “I’m sorry” or anything similar to this to police or others.
2. Seek Medical Treatment
Since you may not know if you are seriously injured, always seek medical treatment following a car accident. To begin with, allow paramedics at the scene to assess and treat any injuries you suffer. Once this is done, either allow yourself to be transported by ambulance to a hospital for additional treatment, or make sure you visit a doctor no later than 48 hours following the accident.
3. Take Photos
While at the accident scene, always try to use your smartphone to take photos of the accident scene. These should include damage to vehicles, visible injuries you have such as cuts or bruises, property damage, and skid marks on the road that may indicate the other driver was speeding at the time of the accident. Once you have these photos, schedule a consultation with a personal injury lawyer so you can allow them to examine the photos and advise you as to your legal options.
Since a car accident case can become more complex as evidence is gathered and witnesses are interviewed, always turn to our experienced and knowledgeable car accident lawyer in Mesa for assistance. By doing so, you give yourself the best possible chance to gain the compensation you need and deserve.