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What to do if you're injured in a car crash?

Handling the aftermath of a car crash can be scary, especially if you've been injured.

Below are helpful steps to take after being injured in a car accident:

Remain at the scene

If you leave the scene of an accident before the authorities arrive, you could face hit and run charges. When someone is injured and needs immediate medical help, the police will be able to get emergency assistance on the scene.

You risk further danger to the injured party if you attempt to drive them to the hospital yourself, an ambulance will have the appropriate lights and sirens that allow them a quicker ride as well as EMTs to keep them safe.

Seek medical help

An emergency medical vehicle will be called on scene in the event of a major injury. As stated above, the emergency medical staff will be able to tend to the injuries and transport them safely to a hospital.

If your injury doesn't necessitate ambulance attention, you should still see a doctor immediately. Best option is heading straight to an urgent care facility and have a doctor check you out. Your injury could be minor, it might also be the type of injury that seems small but develops into something more serious as time progresses.

Talk to the insurance company handling your claim

The car insurance company handling the claim will require a statement from you about how the accident occurred and if you were injured as a result. They will also want to know if you sought medical care, the diagnosis of your injury, what doctor you saw and where you were treated. This information is essential to how your claim will be handled and the type of coverage/compensation you will receive.

Do you need to get a lawyer?

Dealing with insurance companies can be stressful and having an attorney in your corner that focuses on motor vehicle accidents will be a major asset to you. They have dealt with these types of situations many times and have the necessary experience to guide you through the process. A lawyer will fight for you and do their best to make sure you're fairly compensated for the accident and any injuries that resulted.

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