I have just been in an accident, what do I do now?

The very first thing you should do after an accident is check for obvious sign of injury. It’s wise to seek medical attention whether or not you feel as though you have been seriously injured. Not only is prompt medical treatment important in the event that you have internal or unnoticed injuries, it can also greatly affect the outcome of your personal injury case. If you are able, check to make sure that everyone involved in the accident is okay and call 911 to calmly report any injuries that require immediate medical attention.

After an accident, you should report the incident to local law enforcement. Failing to report an accident that results in injury or death can have serious legal consequences. Remain at the scene of the accident until police arrive. File a report with the police and gather relevant information—such as name, phone number, insurance information, etc.—from the other parties involved in the accident. Additionally, you should gather any available witness statements from people who saw the accident. You will also want to notify your insurance company of the accident. Finally, reach out to an experienced attorney who can help you understand your options for taking legal action and pursuing the fair compensation you are owed.