Please note that this is not legal advice. See our disclaimer.
It’s summer…vacation time. You will probably be outside more than usual and you might be traveling more than normal, which can put you at greater risk of personal injury. With so many people on the roads rushing to the cabin, the beach or some other vacation spot, the chances of a motor vehicle accident increase dramatically. In addition, summer is the optimal time for wet or slippery floors, whether at a pool or in a convenience or grocery store. You can prepare all you want, but still find yourself the victim of someone else’s careless or negligent act. It is important that you take the right steps in the aftermath of an accident, so that you can protect your interests and get full and fair compensation for all your losses.
If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident, the first and most important thing to do is verify whether anyone needs an ambulance or emergency medical technician. If anyone is hurt, always call 911 immediately. Once the EMTs have been contacted, you should also call the police, so that you can get a report on file. You should also gather the other driver’s personal information, including phone number, address and insurance provider.
When you have gathered all necessary information, and have provided all relevant information to the police, you should either go to the hospital or an emergency medical clinic, or schedule an appointment with your primary care physician. You should schedule your appointment as soon as possible, so that you get a full medical report that includes all potential consequences of the accident. You can never have too much documentation.
Though you may consider contacting your insurance provider next, you may want to call a lawyer first. Your insurer has a vested interest in minimizing the amount they pay to you. You may unwittingly make statements to your insurance carrier that they will use to diminish, delay or deny your claim.
If you are hurt on someone else’s property, in a slip and fall or as the result of any other kind of negligence, you want to get as much documentation as possible regarding how the accident occurred. If there are witnesses, you will want to get their names, addresses and phone numbers. You can ask to file an incident report with the store, and can call the police, if necessary. It is also critical that you immediately seek medical treatment for any injuries, and that your doctor fully documents all treatment you receive.
Contact the Law Offices of Hornstine Law, LLC
At Hornstine Law, LLC, we have decades of experience protecting the rights of people in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, including victims of personal injury. We provide a free initial consultation in all family law matters. To set up a private meeting, contact our office online or call us at 215-568-4968 (in New Jersey at 609-523-2222).