What Should I Do When I Am Involved In An Accident?

  • Nov 14 2014
  • Gilleon Law Firm, APC

what_to_do_accidentAny type of accident is frightening, and it is easy to make bad decisions after you have suffered an injury. It is important to know what to do before you have an accident so that when something happens you are prepared. Dan Gilleon, a personal injury attorney in San Diego, has been helping the victims of accidents for many years and offers the following advice on what to do after you experience an accident:

  • Remain as calm as possible. It is very difficult to stay calm when you are in pain, frightened and confused, but it is very important that you remain as rational as possible. Bad decisions are made in the heat of the moment, so take a deep breath, slow down, and do not make any big decisions until you are calm.
  • Seek immediate medical attention. In order to be sure that you have not suffered any serious injuries, or to seek treatment for the injuries you have received, you should always see a medical professional any time you suffer an accident, even if you do not believe you are badly hurt. One of the biggest problems people face when they try to collect compensation for their injuries is the fact that they refused medical treatment at the scene, only to find out that they suffered a rather serious injury later when symptoms appear.
  • Follow up with your doctor. If you visit the emergency room, you will receive emergency care but not more in most cases. It is important to follow up with your own doctor or any specialists that the emergency room doctor recommends. This can also bolster your personal injury case if you end up filing a lawsuit.
  • Follow the law. If you are in a car accident, you are required to show proof of insurance. Be sure to cooperate with police officers and fulfill your legal obligations, even if you did not cause the crash. If you are in a store and suffer a slip and fall, be sure that you alert store personnel to what happened. If you are at work and suffer an accident, notify your supervisor.
  • Collect any witness information at the scene. Do not leave the scene of any accident without collecting witness information or arranging for someone you trust to do so. Try to get as much information as possible from those who saw the accident, including good contact information for future use.

Dan Gilleon has been helping accident victims for many years. Contact him today to learn how he can help you with your accident claim.

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