After an automobile accident in Atlanta or the surrounding areas, you may be confused about what to do right after the accident. When an accident results in injuries to you or your passengers, there are steps you can take that will better protect the health and legal rights of everyone involved. These steps can also be a crucial part of proving that the other driver was at fault for the accident so that you can win the financial compensation you deserve.
If you or someone you care about was injured in a motor vehicle accident in Atlanta, Georgia or the surrounding areas, experienced personal injury attorney John D. Hadden is here to help. You deserve to have your rights protected.
Atlanta, Georgia Personal Injury Lawyer
John D. Hadden focuses his practice on representing accident victims to ensure they get the best representation possible. He handles personal injury cases all around the state of Georgia, protecting the rights of victims. He has many years of experience handling catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death claims. His trial experience is put to use for every client in order to ensure they receive the compensation they deserve.
Getting Medical Attention Following Your Accident
After any accident, the most important thing to do immediately after the collision is to ensure that everyone is OK. Get medical attention for yourself or others by calling 911 if anyone has any injuries. Everyone involved in the accident deserves to have emergency medical attention, even the person responsible for the accident. Emergency situations call for quick responses from medical professionals.
Even if first-responders are not needed, it is critical that you get yourself and loved ones checked out by medical professionals after an accident. Seemingly minor "aches and pains" can be a symptom of a larger problem. Many people think that their whiplash is no big deal and never realize (or find out too late) that they have permanent spinal damage or suffered a concussion. When your injuries are caused by another person's negligence, it is that person who should be responsible for the costs of your medical bills as well as any rehabilitation costs associated with your injuries.
Make sure to document your appointments, prescriptions, and any diagnoses. The more records you keep the better for proving your personal injury case.
Exchanging Information After the Accident
After the emergency medical issues have been dealt with at the scene of the accident, it is critical that you exchange information with everyone involved at the scene. This includes the other driver or other drivers involved in the crash. Information you should collect includes:
- Full name
- Driver's license information
- Insurance information
- Make and model of other vehicles
- Statements made by other drivers about the crash
- Contact information (telephone, email, etc.)
You should also make sure to get any information possible from anyone who witnessed the accident, even if they were not directly involved. Witness testimony about who caused the motor vehicle accident is an invaluable part of the process and can be a major part of how you will ultimately prove your personal injury case against the negligent driver.
Gathering Other Evidence
At the scene, you should also gather certain types of evidence. Take pictures of everything. This includes, but is not limited to:
- the vehicles involved, both damaged and undamaged parts
- the road around the area
- any injuries suffered by yourself or others in your vehicle
- the weather conditions
- road signs, markers, lines, etc.
You should also take notes of your recollections immediately after the event, such as when you get home or while at the hospital. Your notes can be useful reminders and may even lead to admissible evidence in court. Take detailed notes and date them before putting them in a safe place.
Dealing With Insurance Companies
In addition to exchanging insurance information with the other drivers involved in the accident, be careful in your dealings with the insurance companies. The other driver's insurance company may contact you to get your side of the story. They will often say it is so you can get paid, but in reality, it is their job to find an excuse not to pay you.
They are skilled in asking questions that seek certain answers; answers that could give them an excuse not to pay your claim, even when you were clearly not at fault. An experienced Atlanta personal injury attorney can help you navigate this difficult issue and get the compensation you deserve.
Consult an Experienced Atlanta Personal Injury Attorney
Motor vehicle accidents can be incredibly serious, as well as costly. When this is the case, you are entitled to financial compensation for your injuries. You need an experienced personal injury attorney to fight for your rights.
Contact experienced Atlanta, Georgia car accident attorney John D. Hadden at the Hadden Law Firm today for a consultation.