The First 72 Hours After an Accident
The days following a car accident can be incredibly overwhelming. However, they are also the most crucial when it comes to recovering damages. Discover how a skilled personal injury attorney can help you understand what to do and guide you through the process of seeking compensation.
At Wilson Law Firm PLLC, I’ve been representing car accident victims for more than 20 years. I’m ready to answer your questions and ease your concerns as you navigate the aftermath of your accident. With offices in Shawnee and Chandler, Oklahoma, I’m able to represent clients throughout the area, including those located in Norman, Okemah, and Ada. Contact me today to schedule a consultation.
Seek Medical Attention
Your safety is priority number one. After a car accident, it is imperative that you get medical attention as soon as possible. Emergency services will likely assess you at the scene of the accident, or, in cases of serious injury, they may take you to the nearest hospital.
Not all accident-related injuries will be immediately noticeable. Many times, the adrenaline and endorphins a car accident victim experiences will mask the pain of their injuries until the following day. Some of the most common symptoms of accident-related injuries include pain, numbness, dizziness, and nausea.
Be sure to get examined by a medical professional after an accident — even if you don’t feel injured. Insurance companies will often factor in if you saw a doctor within the first 72 hours and base your compensation on it.
Call the Police
According to Oklahoma law, you are required to report any accident that results in death, injury, or property damage valued at more than $500. The officer who arrives at the scene will speak with you and any other involved parties and begin to file a police report. If you suspect another driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, having a police officer present may help your case.
Any evidence that could affect your insurance claim or your case in court must be preserved. Make sure to keep a record of all information pertaining to your accident. This can include things like:
Other drivers’ names, contacts, and insurance information
Descriptions of all involved vehicles (make, model, and year; license plate number; overview of damages)
Written statements from witnesses
The police report number, as well as the name and badge number of the responding officer
Medical records and test results
Your own account of what happened
Photographic evidence may also prove effective in a car accident case. If you are physically capable of doing so, take pictures of the scene, as well as any vehicle damage.
Notify Your Insurance Provider
Most insurance companies have strict time limits for reporting accidents that may require coverage. It’s important to note that reporting your accident does not mean you have to file a claim. If you are considering filing a claim, it may help to first consult an attorney who can walk you through the pros and cons.
Hire an Attorney
A car accident attorney can handle the legalities of your case so you can focus on making a full recovery. They can act as your dedicated advocate and communicate with other drivers’ insurance companies on your behalf.
You Need a Strong Defense
What you do in the first 72 hours after your accident can majorly impact the amount of damages you receive. Put yourself in an advantaged position by hiring an attorney who can help you build a solid case.
Schedule a consultation with me at Wilson Law Firm PLLC to learn more about your options and how I can help you fight for the maximum possible compensation. I represent accident victims in Shawnee, Oklahoma, as well as the surrounding areas of Chandler, Norman, Okemah, and Ada.