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.
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.
Nothing 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.
Once 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.
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.
Whether 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.
The 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.
Make sure to exchange the following insurance information for all drivers.
You 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.
There 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.