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Steps to take if you are injured in a car accident

On Behalf of | Dec 16, 2016 | Firm News

In a matter of seconds, a car accident can change the course of a person’s life. Even if it only results in damages to one’s car, the stress of experiencing such a violent occurrence can leave a person reeling. If readers of this Cranberry Township legal blog have wondered what they should do if they experience loss or are injured in a car accident, this post is intended to provide them with some information on where to start.

The first step in recovering from a car accident is to take care of any injuries that the victim may have suffered due to the incident. From lacerations and broken bones to damaged organs and brain trauma, car accidents can result in serious injuries to those involved. It is important to take care of any health issues that may develop in the aftermath of the collision.

As a car accident victim visits doctors and receives care for her injuries, she should begin to collect all of the documents she receives from her medical providers. This can include medical bills, doctors’ reports, lab results and others. Medical documents may be useful evidence to prove the extent of a victim’s injuries, and bills may demonstrate the cost the victim was forced to pay in order to be treated for her injuries.

In addition to medical evidence relevant to the accident, a victim may wish to obtain police or investigation reports that were generated after her accident. These reports can also provide good evidence of fault in the event the victim chooses to pursue her losses in court.

Finally, any car accident victim can decide to speak with a personal injury attorney about her rights. Those rights can include but are not limited to initiating civil litigation and requesting that the responsible party or parties compensate her for her accident-related losses. This post is intended to provide a basic overview of some important steps a person may take after being injured in a car accident. All cases are different, and victims’ attorneys can help them take the appropriate actions to protect their rights.