What Should I Do After An Auto Accident?

In the chaos and confusion that follow a traffic accident, it's easy to lose track of important steps for protecting yourself. Here are three things you should do after any accident.

1. Gather The Right Information

If you're able, get the names, addresses, phone numbers, license plates and insurance information of all the other parties involved in the accident. This information will be critical for pursuing your legal rights later on.

You should also call the police. Law enforcement can help redirect traffic, document the scene and file a report.

2. Get A Medical Evaluation

Your first priority after an accident should be to seek medical care. Even if you don't have any obvious injuries, you may still have underlying issues that could cause problems later if left untreated. Back and neck pain, for example, may not appear until days or weeks after an accident.

Getting swift medical care will not only ensure that you get a prompt diagnosis and treatment, but also establish key medical records that will affect your legal claims.

3. Don't Do Anything Without First Speaking To An Attorney

Soon after an accident, the insurance company will be anxious to settle your claim — often for much less than what it's worth. Don't let financial worries pressure you into accepting a settlement for pennies on the dollar. Instead, discuss your situation with a lawyer.

At Hartsoe & Associates, P.C., our lead attorney, R. Anthony "Tony" Hartsoe, understands exactly how insurance companies operate because he used to work for one. As a former claims adjuster, Mr. Hartsoe can evaluate what your claim is worth and help you decide whether the settlement offer is reasonable.

It won't cost you anything to speak with an attorney about your case. What's more, you won't have to pay any lawyer fees unless we're successful. Call our offices in Winston-Salem and Greensboro, North Carolina, at 336-701-6550 or email us to arrange your free consultation.