What to do first.
First and foremost, if you aren’t in a safe place already, get out of harm’s way.
Your physical well-being, and that of your passengers, is of paramount importance.
If you are able, be sure to get the name and address of the person who hit you, as well as his/her insurance coverage.
After the crash.
Be sure to get the medical attention that you need. An early diagnosis, followed up with all necessary treatment, will be critical in helping you return to work and back to a normal life. Be sure to follow your doctor’s advice. In the event that you fail to follow your doctor’s orders you will delay your recovery and raise the risk that you will compromise your claim for compensation.
Visit with a competent attorney.
It is important to understand what you are entitled to. Depending on your injuries, you may be entitled to reimbursement of lost income, have your medical expenses paid for, as well as future medical bills, and the cost of retraining. You may be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering, and, if your injuries are permanent, for loss of the full enjoyment of life. If your auto was damaged or destroyed, that is another compensable claim.
Your attorney can help you understand how best to document and prove your claim, and how to preserve evidence crucial to meeting your burden of proof. He/She will prepare and file your lawsuit and help you navigate your way through the process of litigation up to and including trial if necessary. Very importantly, your attorney can help you understand the monetary value of your claim so you know whether the settlement offer you receive is fair or unfair. If inadequate, your attorney will guide you through trial.