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What to Do After an Accident

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Ideally, before you find yourself in a crash, you will know how to respond—preparedness is the key. If you or a loved one has been in an accident, then you need to be aware of steps you can take right now to protect your right to compensation. At the law office of Steven L. Wetzel, P.A., we have asserted our clients' rights since 1985 - we can deliver the legal guidance you need at every stage of the claims process.

In an accident? Take the right steps next.

For your convenience, we have provided some tips below. To discuss your unique case, don't hesitate to contact our Idaho Falls accident attorney at your earliest convenience.

  1. Stay at the scene and call police: You need to protect yourself in the event of a lawsuit. Staying at the scene, calling law enforcement, and waiting for them to arrive can prevent you from being accused of a hit and run or can help you recover important information from a police report.
  2. Collect information: Once everyone is safe and you have called emergency services (if necessary), then you not only need the other parties' contact and insurance information, but you need to take pictures, jot down details of the events, and witness testimony / contact info.
  3. Call insurance as soon as possible: You need to report the accident per your policy, and to maximize your chances of a fair claim. Whatever information your company asks for, you should give the details. However, if the other drivers' insurance company calls, let them know you won't give a statement until later. Ideally, you can tell them to speak to your lawyer. This can help you value the amount of property damage connected to your vehicle and prevent you from being taken advantage of after this time.
  4. Go see a doctor immediately: Not only is this vital for your medical recovery—injuries might go undetected for days—but if you want an insurance company to realize how serious your injuries are, you need to take care of yourself (to show that you didn't exacerbate your condition) and provide medical records (to back up your claim).
  5. Keep recording information: Not only will you need to follow your doctor's treatment instructions to the letter, but you will need to record your ongoing symptoms, the effects of the accident on your life, trips to the doctor, pictures of visible injuries over time, and more. Not only can this help your doctor keep more precise medical records, but the photos can bolster your accident claim.
  6. Hire an experienced car accident lawyer: Your best defense after a car accident is retaining the services of a car accident attorney. You need to be cautious after a car crash since insurance companies are primarily worried with protecting their finances. Even your own insurance company may attempt to shortchange you from the full amount of compensation you deserve. That’s why you need all of the help you can get. That’s why you need an Idaho Falls car accident lawyer.

How do I know if I need an Idaho Falls injury lawyer?

If an experienced legal advocate deals with the insurance company for you, statistics show that you will typically recover more compensation than if you handle it alone. Not only will you have a skilled negotiator in your corner, but an accident lawyer also carries the threat of going to jury trial. One of the main reasons that insurance companies agree to a high settlement is that they want to avoid a trial. Once you realize how much your accident claim could be worth, it is often ideal to retain a reputable, proven attorney.

Call (208) 278-1196 for your free consultation!

With the law office of Steven L. Wetzel, P.A., you can discover if we're the right choice for you in a free case consultation. We can review the legal options available to you, and discuss the steps we can take to pursue maximum compensation. Find out how personal attention and passionate advocacy can make all of the difference in your accident case. Call our Idaho Falls personal injury lawyer today!

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