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Know Your Rights: 4 Steps to Take after Being in a Car Accident

Driving a car is a necessity for many people. While driving a car is normally a safe activity, most people will be in at least one accident in their lifetime. If you are involved in an auto accident, there are four tips and steps that should be followed to ensure you are properly represented and receive what you are entitled to.

Police Report

If you are involved in an auto accident, the first thing you need to do is fill out and file a police report. You will want to have some form of formal documentation about your accident. This is especially true if there is noticeable damage to your vehicle or someone is injured. A police report will be necessary when dealing with your insurance company or pursuing further legal remedies.

Contact Insurance

After you have filled out your police report, the next thing you should do is contact your insurance company. The insurance company will be able to handle a lot of the logistical work to ensure your claim is properly handled. They will do this by reviewing the police reports and working with the insurance company representing the other party in the accident. Your auto insurance company should be able to provide you with further information about how you will be covered.

Medical Attention

If the accident was a hard accident and you are left feeling injured, the most important thing you should do is get medical attention as soon as possible. Even if you do not feel hurt immediately after the accident, you could be suffering from internal injuries or have had a concussion. Because of this, it is always a good idea to be checked out by a physician as soon as possible after your accident.

Hire an Attorney

Due to the complexities that can come with auto accidents, hiring an auto accident or personal injury attorney such as Ringsmuth Wuori that specializes in auto accident claims would be very beneficial. Your auto accident lawyer will be able to review your entire case file, contact both party’s insurance companies, and provide you with a variety of other services to ensure you are properly represented. If necessary, the attorney can further support you through a civil litigation case if you incur expenses that are not covered by the other party after the accident.

Since auto accidents can be pretty significant issues, it is important that you make sure your car is in good condition as well. Having it fully inspected by a mechanic could also prevent future accidents from occurring.

Meghan Belnap is a freelance writer who enjoys spending time with her family. She loves being in the outdoors and exploring new opportunities whenever they arise. Meghan finds happiness in researching new topics that help to expand her horizons. You can often find her buried in a good book or out looking for an adventure. You can connect with her on Facebook right here and Twitter right here.

Bob Kraft

I am a Dallas, Texas lawyer who has had the privilege of helping thousands of clients since 1971 in the areas of Personal Injury law and Social Security Disability.

About This Blog

The title of this blog reflects my attitude toward those government agencies and insurance companies that routinely mistreat injured or disabled people. As a Dallas, Texas lawyer, I've spent more than 45 years trying to help those poor folk, and I have been frustrated daily by the actions of the people on the other side of their claims. (Sorry if I offended you...)

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