What To Do After An Accident

Being involved in a car accident can feel overwhelming. Most people do not know what to do. Many are reaching out for legal help for the first time. At the Law Offices of Elena E. Tsiprin in Bellevue, Washington, and Portland, Oregon, we can help you understand the best course of action after you've been involved in an accident.

It's likely that you've left the scene of the accident already, but if you haven't it's important to gather as much information as possible, including:

  • The other driver's name and contact information
  • The other driver's insurance information
  • The names and contact information for any witnesses to the accident
  • Pictures of the accident scene and any damage to vehicles
  • A copy of the police officer's report

It is also critical to get medical attention as soon as possible. As adults, we're often trained to "suck it up" and place others' needs ahead of our own. We may hesitate to go to the doctor, hoping that pain will get better without medical attention.

If you have been involved in a car accident, you cannot afford to see if the pain gets better on its own. Even an apparently minor accident can lead to major injuries, and these are not always visible right away. Even if you feel fine, you should get checked out by a doctor to make sure that you have not sustained a head injury, internal bleeding or another serious and potentially life-threatening injury.

Make sure that the doctor documents this medical care. That way, if you do end up taking legal action, you will have records of the harm you experienced and the treatment you received.

Be wary of the other driver's insurance company. Many insurance companies try to get drivers to talk right away — even if they are still confused, hurt and overwhelmed from the accident. Stressed drivers can say things that they didn't mean, and insurance companies are known for using drivers' words against them to deny compensation for injuries. It's best to talk with a lawyer before talking with the other driver's insurance company. Avoid giving a recorded statement immediately after an auto accident.

Talk with a lawyer. Talk with an attorney or a senior paralegal at our Bellevue, Washington, law firm to get solid advice on your rights and how to protect them. We can tell you your options, helping you get the compensation you deserve for damage to your vehicle and personal injury. To get started, contact us online or call 800-530-5473 for a free consultation about your accident claim.