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Have You Been Involved in a Motor Vehicle Collision and Need to Know What to Do?

Kyle S. Reed
Personal Injury Attorney

Being involved in a motor vehicle collision, whether in your own car or as a passenger in a rideshare service like Uber or Lyft, can be a disorienting and stressful experience. The actions you take in the immediate aftermath are crucial not only for your safety but also for protecting your legal rights and interests. Firstly, ensure the safety of yourself and any passengers by moving to a safe location if it’s possible and safe to do so. Avoid the impulse to exit your vehicle on a busy roadway to inspect the damage until you’re in a secure area.

Once safety is assured, the next critical step is to call the police to the scene. Law enforcement’s role is to document the accident, make a report, and take statements from those involved. This report is an essential piece of evidence for insurance claims and potential legal action. If your injuries or state of shock prevent you from providing a statement at the scene, note that you can supplement the police report with your account later on, ensuring it accurately reflects the incident.

If you experience any pain or discomfort, no matter how minor it may seem at the moment, it’s important to communicate this to the police officer. The rush of adrenaline often masks injuries, making them appear less severe than they are. Documenting your condition immediately with the police adds credibility to any subsequent claims you may need to make for compensation for injuries sustained in the accident.

Seeking medical attention immediately following the accident is paramount. Even if you believe you’re unharmed, some injuries have delayed symptoms. Visiting an emergency room not only ensures your well-being but also officially records your injuries as related to the accident. This step is critical, as insurance companies often downplay the severity of an accident and its impact on the involved parties, especially if there is a delay in seeking treatment. Documenting everything is key – from the accident scene to all medical treatments following the incident.

Finally, it’s advisable to follow up with both your healthcare provider and a legal attorney as soon as practical. An attorney experienced in motor vehicle accidents can offer invaluable advice on how to proceed, who to communicate with, and more importantly, who not to. Presenting the police report and your auto insurance policy during this consultation will allow your attorney to provide specific, actionable advice tailored to your situation. Handling the aftermath of a motor vehicle accident can be overwhelming, but taking these steps ensures your safety, health, and legal rights are all protected.

Learn more about Red Bank Local Kyle Reed or visit Portnoi Law

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