Car accidents are jarring, unsettling and upsetting.
The initial impact is violent; the sound is disturbing and scary; the aftermath is confusing. No matter the size of the accident, the physical and emotional toll can be enormous. Every accident is unique and every accident is very personal, yet the immediate steps involved after a car accident are straightforward.
First, address physical needs. An ambulance may be required to take you to the closest emergency room for evaluation and treatment. Injuries such as broken bones and lacerations sustained in an auto accident require immediate attention. Once discharged you may be referred to your personal physician for follow-up care.
The force of an automobile accident often renders lasting pain that can take the body a few days to absorb. Victims of car accidents report more pain a few days post-accident. Bruising, tenderness (especially around the seatbelt area), headaches, nausea, and irritability are common symptoms. These should all be treated by licensed and experienced medical professionals.
Notify family and friends of your situation and confirm that you are okay. Sharing your trauma often eases your pain and relieves the worry from loved ones.
Second, the property damage to your vehicle must be repaired or in extreme cases replaced. Autobody shops provide free estimates for repairs.
Third, confirm liability. Police are often called to the scene of serious accidents and will complete a report with the details of the accident. Witnesses can be helpful in confirming what they saw.
Fourth, contact Kauffman & Associates to help you with your personal injury case. We have over 100 years of combined experience helping victims injured in car accidents.
Please contact us for a complimentary consultation. No case is too large or too small. We can help ensure you obtain appropriate medical care and receive the maximum financial settlement possible to compensate for your pain and suffering.