By the Numbers
- Seven Minutes: Every seven minutes in the United States there is one pedestrian injury.
- Three Million: This is the number of injuries that occur each year in the United States as a result of car accidents.
- 40,000: This is the number of deaths that occur each year due to car accidents in the United States.
What to Do Next
1. Seek Medical Attention
The first thing anyone who has been involved in an accident should do is seek medical attention for their injuries. Even if you aren’t sure that even have any injuries, it’s important to get checked out by a medical professional and that he or she documents and treats all of your injuries.
2. Document Evidence
The second thing you need to do after a traffic accident is to start collecting evidence as soon as possible. Of course, your injuries and medical attention are more important, but it’s essential to start documenting the scene before it becomes compromised. Take pictures from different angles of the scene and of anything related to the accident. Take contact information from any witnesses who may have seen what happened.
3. Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer
After you have sought medical attention and documented as much evidence as you can, you need to hire a personal injury lawyer. Though your case may not become a personal injury lawsuit, settlements usually require negotiations with insurance companies and other things you’ll need legal counsel and representation for.
It’s important to always stay calm in the event of an accident, since the moments immediately following it could be crucial for a personal injury case. Try to remember to get medical attention and to take notes about the accident before hiring a lawyer.