A car accident is nearly always very disorienting even for intelligent, well-organized people. One minute, you are going along with your normal daily activities and the next, you or a loved one may be in an ambulance and your car may be totaled. With more than 40 years of experience in the practice of personal injury law, attorney William T. Wilson has valuable tips to share, beginning with five steps after an auto accident:
No. 1: Get prompt emergency medical attention for the injured. The health and welfare of a driver, passenger or pedestrian must be the first priority. Overall healing and rehabilitation begin from the time of the injury. Follow-up treatments, checkups and therapies will help you get well faster and will show insurance companies that you are doing your best to recover.
No. 2: Cooperate with police and other first responders at the scene of the car wreck. Answer questions truthfully.
No. 3: This is a corollary to No. 2. Although you should communicate clearly with law enforcement agents, you do not have to and should not engage in lengthy investigative questions and answers without legal representation. What you say, do, don't say or don't do may hurt your case. A knowledgeable personal injury lawyer on your side will be your best ally.
No. 4: To the best of your ability, gather whatever information you can — perhaps with the help of a friend or family member. Take pictures of the wrecked vehicle(s) and find out where they will be towed to. Take pictures of the scene of the crash, ideally showing things like signs, branches, road conditions, weather conditions and other noteworthy details. Get names and addresses of eyewitnesses if possible. Keep a log of how you are feeling every day. Be ready to share this information with your attorney.
No. 5: We cannot emphasize enough the importance of this advice: Contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. We say this not because this is a law firm's website, but because we have seen too many cases where delayed communication resulted in the loss of essential evidence or a too-eager acceptance of an insurance company's first offer. Remember: Whether it is your insurance company or another driver's insurance company you're dealing with, claims adjusters are not on your side. They represent their companies and it is their job to minimize payout of benefits. A free initial consultation is an opportunity you cannot ignore.
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At the law offices of William T. Wilson in Bell County, our goal is to help Texas residents or visitors who have been injured to recover maximum compensation. Email us or call 254-771-5885 (888-294-8289 toll free) to reach our law offices 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can visit us on the third floor of the Temple Public Library building or we can pay you a visit in your home or hospital room.