Attorneys Explain What to do After a Car Accident in Oklahoma
Car Accident Guide - Steps to Take
If you have been injured in a car collision, it is natural to feel a sense of shock, confusion, or even fear. You may have many questions swirling in your head. How did this happen? Who caused it? How am I going to pay to fix my car? How much do I have to spend for medical and other expenses? These questions and concerns are all valid and justified.
Car Accident Help (and staff) know that the actions you take after a car crash could have a significant impact on your claim process. These actions could determine the value or worth of your case and the extent of compensation you receive for your injuries or damages.
Steps to Take after a Car Crash in Oklahoma
There are a number of steps you can take to protect your rights after an Oklahoma car collision:
- Stop and remain at the scene of the car collision. It is against the law to leave the scene of a collision when someone has been injured or killed. Remain at the scene until police arrive. Cooperate with investigators. ALWAYS DO THE RIGHT THING.
- Call the police. The authorities must be notified whenever someone is hurt or when there is excessive vehicle damage.
- File a police report. Be sure to get a copy of the report for your records.
- Exchange information. All motorists must exchange driver's license, contact, insurance, and other pertinent information. I would also recommend getting tag numbers if not already on the report from the officer.
- Get contact information and tag information from witnesses. Eyewitness testimony can become invaluable in an injury case.
- Take photographs. You should take photos of the damage to the vehicles, the roadway, and your injuries. Take close up shots of details and wide shots that show the entire crash site.
- Only discuss the basic details and try to remain calm. AGAIN, ALWAYS DO THE RIGHT THING.
- Write everything down. It's easy to forget little details when discussing the specifics of the crash. Write down everything you remember as soon as possible. Remember that this may become evidence in the case. Refer to your notes when discussing the crash with your attorney or insurance provider.
- If you think you may be injured, seek out medical attention. If you are offered a ride by emergency personnel to the hospital from the crash site, use your own judgment, but if you need it, do not hesitate. You want to document your injuries, begin the healing process, and establish the fact that you were injured in the crash.
- Keep records. Keep your hospital bills and write down all the losses you have sustained as a result of the injuries including workdays missed and household expenses that have been added on.
- Keep a journal. Again, understand that this may very well become evidence in the case. If your injuries are preventing you from attending important events or just enjoying life, write it down.
Contact a Qualified Car Accident Lawyer in Oklahoma
It's also important that you contact an experienced Oklahoma car accident attorney who has the skill, knowledge, and resources to help you pursue maximum compensation for your significant losses.
Car Accident Help will remain on your side and fight for your rights every step of the way. Call (405) 285-4357 for a no-cost consultation and case evaluation.
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