A road accident can easily ruin anyone’s day. Not only do you become late for work or for an appointment, but you also have to worry about dealing with an insurance claim and potential injury. According to the National Highway Safety and Traffic Administration, roughly 2.36 million Americans were injured in car accidents in 2012.
In the event you find yourself involved in a car accident, remain calm. Before you start thinking about filing a personal injury lawsuit, attorneys in Salisbury, NC suggest that you do the following first:
Check if Anyone is Hurt
Check yourself and your passengers if anyone is hurt; afterwards, check if anyone in the other vehicle sustained an injury. The moment you find out someone is injured, North Carolina law requires you to render reasonable medical assistance, including immediately calling for ambulance if it is apparent that such assistance is necessary or requested by the injured person. Failure to do so is a Class 1 misdemeanor. The health and safety of everyone involved takes priority above all else. Once the involved parties’ safety is secure, place a warning triangle or cones several feet before the accident to warn other drivers of the situation ahead, to avoid getting another car involved.
Even if no one is injured, it may be a good idea to call 911 to report the accident. In fact the federal government highly encourages calling 911 regardless of how bad a car crash or accident may be. This way, 911 dispatchers can immediately send a traffic enforcer to the scene. Of course, you may call local law enforcement directly if you have their number. Either way, you can easily save yourself an hour of waiting on the side of the road.
Never admit guilt—especially when you engage in small talk with the other party—even if you truly believe that you were at fault. You may not realize it just yet, but there is the possibility that the other car is just as responsible, if not more so. Any admission of guilt can easily get the other driver off the hook, even if he or she was the true cause of the accident.
Lookout for Problems
In some cases, you may not feel the effects of an injury until a day or two after an accident. This is especially true for neck and back injuries. Be on the lookout for a sudden onset of pain. The moment you feel something is wrong, seek medical attention.
If you have been injured due to the negligence of another driver, you are entitled to compensation. In such cases, consult an experienced Salisbury attorney who handles personal injury cases like one from Sherrill & Cameron, PLLC. A skilled personal injury attorney can help you identify if negligence was involved and get you the compensation you rightfully deserve.
(Source: 7 Steps to Take After a Fender Bender; Money.USNews.com)