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Car accidents regularly cause accidental injuries in the Philadelphia area. In fact, the Philadelphia Department of Transportation indicates that nearly 80,000 people were injured in traffic accidents during 2014 alone. People who are involved in a car accident are often confused, hurt, and uncertain as to what steps to take. It is important for victims to understand that the things that they say and do in the hours and days immediately following an accident can have a direct impact on their ability to recover compensation. Some of the steps that victims should take after a car accident are discussed below. For specific information regarding your case, you should talk to a Philadelphia personal injury lawyer as soon as you can.
The first thing that people who are involved in an accident should do is call 911. Doing so will alert both medical emergency personnel and law enforcement to the fact that an accident has occurred. This will ensure that any injuries requiring emergency medical attention are treated and that an official police report regarding the incident is generated.
If you are able, you should collect information about the way in which the accident occurred and the people involved. If possible, take photographs of the scene of the accident and its aftermath. Additionally, you should make note of facts such as the names of the drivers involved in the accident, the weather conditions, the license plate numbers of the vehicles involved, and any markings on the vehicles that may identify them as commercial vehicles. Obtaining contact information from anyone who may have witnessed the accident is also a good idea.
Anyone who is involved in an accident should undergo a complete medical evaluation. This is true even for accident victims who do not believe that they are seriously injured. There are many kinds of injuries such as whiplash or other soft tissue injuries that may not become symptomatic for a significant period of time after the initial trauma has occurred. If car accident victims fail to have their injuries identified and documented soon after an accident, it may become difficult to establish that the injuries they sustained were actually caused by the accident rather than due to some intervening cause. For this reason, failing to undergo a medical evaluation can negatively affect a car accident victim’s ability to recover compensation for his or her injuries.
People who are hurt in car accidents should retain legal counsel as soon as possible. Doing so can have a significant impact on the amount of compensation you ultimately recover and protect you from saying or doing things that may inadvertently admit liability for the accident.
Car accidents can leave victims with significant injuries that may affect them for years. For this reason, it is critical for anyone hurt by another driver to do everything possible to ensure that they receive the full and fair value of their legal claim. To schedule a free consultation with a Philadelphia car accident lawyer, call The Pearce Law Firm today at 215-557-8686.