You Were Involved In An Accident. Now What?

Being involved in a car accident is disorienting and chaotic. Especially if you or a loved one sustained injuries, a crash can be very frightening. However, the aftermath of a crash is very important if you decide you want to pursue compensation for your injuries.

The following is an overview of what to do after an accident. At D'Amico Law Offices, L.L.C., we are happy to meet with you free of charge at our office in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, at your home, or in a hospital to further discuss how to handle your specific situation.

Step 1: Stay At The Scene And Call The Police

In the immediate aftermath of a crash, the most important thing to do is stay where you are and call police. Leaving the scene of a crash could expose you to criminal charges.

If you are able to, make sure everyone is OK, but do not admit fault. If someone was injured, you should also call an ambulance.

Step 2: Seek Medical Attention

If you were injured in the accident, get the medical attention you need. This is very important. If you do not seek care after your accident, it will be very difficult to provide a record of your injuries when pursuing a personal injury claim.

If you decide to file a claim, you should continue to visit your doctor throughout the duration of your claim. This will help establish records of your injuries and show that your injuries have not healed.

Step 3: Document Any Property Damage

If your vehicle sustained serious damage in the car accident, document it as well as you can by taking pictures and keeping records of any repair work.

Step 4: Don't Accept A Settlement From Your Insurance Company

Despite what they may say, insurance companies do not have your best interests in mind. They are more concerned about their own bottom line than making sure you get a fair settlement.

It is important to talk to an attorney before you start working with an insurance company about a settlement.

Step 5: Call A Lawyer

The best way to make sure you are protected after an accident is to work with an experienced personal injury lawyer. At our firm, we put your best interests first. We have extensive experience working with insurance companies to ensure you get a fair deal. If the insurance company refuses to offer a fair settlement, we won't hesitate to fight for you in court.

We offer free consultations and work on a contingency fee basis, so you will pay nothing unless we are successful in securing compensation for you. Call us at 412-906-8180 or 866-546-4956 to schedule a time to meet with one of our lawyers. You may also contact us online.