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Your First Steps Can Affect Your Personal Injury Claim

Posted on:1/30/2013
Give your statement to the investigating police officers. If you do not require immediate transportation to the emergency room, it is important to explain to the investigating police officer how the accident occurred.


The other driver may not tell the whole story or may tell a complete fabrication as to how the accident occurred.

 

Witnesses sometimes are helpful in a personal injury claim; other times they do not see the entire accident event and therefore, provide inaccurate or incomplete information. Do not rely on others to inform the investigating officer how the accident occurred. Be prepared to explain what the other driver was doing. The police officer will write a traffic accident report and may be a witness as to what was said at the scene. It is important to set the record straight right from the beginning.

 

Follow up medical assessment and care. If you are not transported by the EMTs to the emergency room, it is important for a medical professional to document your auto accident injury. It is best to be checked out at an emergency room, urgent care center or, at a minimum, by your primary care physician. Tell your medical provider about all areas of injury, bruises, soreness, stiffness, point out any seat belt marks, etc. Briefly describe how the accident occurred to your medical provider, but do not embellish the facts of the accident. Your medical report will be a vital piece of evidence in your personal injury claim.

 

Get information about the other driver and any witnesses. If the police are delayed or do not arrive, get information from each other driver involved in the accident (or have someone get it for you). Obtain the driver’s name, address, telephone number, license plate number, driver’s license number as well as the driver’s insurance policy number and other relevant information.


  
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