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Charleston, South Carolina's Car Accident Attorney

Every year, millions of American citizens are involved in car accidents.

Thousands die. 

Even more are injured.

Vehicle related accidents are caused by people who don’t follow the law and act negligently.

If you or a loved one have been injured in an auto collision, contact your Charleston car accident attorney, Frank Hartman. Don’t talk to anyone else until you’ve spoken with an experienced and knowledgeable personal injury lawyer.

What Should I do After a Car Accident?

9 Things You Need to do After any Car Accident

The aftermath of any auto collision can be devastating. In the moments immediately following any accident, confusion, high stress, and the pain of injuries can make it difficult to know what to do. Unfortunately, it’s in these moments that your actions can make all the difference to the outcome.

  1. Make Sure That Everyone in Your Vehicle is Ok

a-mom-turning-around-to-ask-her-kids-if-theyre-ok-after-a-car-accident-The-Hartman-Law-Firm-Charleston-SC-car-collision-lawyerNothing is more important than the health and safety of your loved ones. Before doing anything else, make sure to ask everyone in the vehicle if they’re hurt.

If any of your occupants are injured, ask them where they’re hurt. Ask about back, neck, or head injuries, as these are often the most serious. Moving them could worsen the damage.

If you’re seriously injured, try not to move, if you don’t have to. Stay still, contact emergency services, and wait for help. 

  1. Call 911 Right Away

vehcile-accident-people-injured-seeking-medical-attention-The-Hartman-Law-Fimr-is-on-your-side-personal-injury-attorneyOnce you know about any injuries, call 911 and get emergency services on the scene. Even if no one appears to be hurt, always request medical assistance, as well as police.

  1. Check to see if anyone outside of your vehicle has been injured

If you and your passengers are not seriously injured, get out of your vehicle and check to see if anyone else is hurt. Ask the driver and passengers if everyone is ok. Again, if anyone is seriously injured, try not move them.

  1. Get medical attention for yourself and anyone else who needs it.

vehcile-accident-people-injured-seeking-medical-attention-The-Hartman-Law-Fimr-is-on-your-side-personal-injury-attorneyWhether you feel pain or not, a trained emergency medical technician should do a preliminary health check in case you’ve sustained any wounds you may not know about. Many injuries can take days or even weeks to show up, but a preliminary review on the scene improves your chances of catching anything early.

  1. Document the scene of the accident.

taking a picture of a car accident - Frank Hartman is a North Charleston, SC personal injury lawyerThe more information that you can get about the scene of an accident, the better. There are critical details that can make the difference in an injury case.

    • Ask any witnesses to stay on the scene and give statements to the police.
    • Take pictures of the damage to your and the other driver’s vehicle.
    • Get the other vehicle’s license plate number(s), make and model of any cars involved, and names of people involved.
    • If you’re able, write down everything that you can think of while the events are still fresh in your mind.

  1. Exchange insurance information with other drivers.

car-accident-victims-exchange-car-insurance-Frank-Hartman-will-help-get-a-higher-injury-settementMake sure to exchange the following insurance information for all drivers.

  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • Insurance Company
  • Insurance policy number
  • Driver’s license number
  • License plate number

  1. Contact a Charleston Accident Injury Attorney

Before you contact your insurance company for a claim, call a local personal injury lawyer and get a consultation right away. Your attorney will tell you what you should and shouldn’t say to the insurance adjuster. He will also discuss your strategy for getting the settlement you deserve.

  1. File an insurance claim, but don't speak to an adjuster until you've spoken with your attorney.

A-man-filling-out-an-insurance-claim-form-after-a-car-accident-Frank-Hartman-Charleston-SC-accident-injury-attorneyYou should file an insurance claim as soon as you can. After filing a claim, an insurance adjuster will call to get more information. When they call, only give them the information that you have to. If they ask to record the call, refuse to allow them to do so.

  1. Follow up with your medical provider for any injuries related to the accident

a-man-talking-to-his-doctor-Frank-Hartman-personal-injury-attorney-in-Charleston-SCThere are several injuries that often don’t present symptoms until days or weeks after an accident. Damage to you spine or neck from the jarring trauma of an accident can slowly develop problems over time.

Make sure that you follow up with your primary care provider as soon as possible after the accident, and get a follow-up appointment for any symptoms that may arise going forward.



Frank offers a Free Case Evaluation and Consultation. He will visit with you at your convenience at your home or hospital bed to evaluate your matter. This is done on a case by case basis.

The Hartman Law Firm, LLC

6650 Rivers Ave, Suite 600
North Charleston, SC 29406
Phone: (843) 300-7600
Email: frank@thehartmanlawfirm.com

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