No one ever gets behind the wheel of their vehicle expecting to get into an accident. However, every day, on roads and highways throughout the world, accidents still happen. When they do, it can be difficult to know what steps you need to take to protect your long-term interests—especially if an injury has occurred.
At Mingo & Yankala, S.C., we have helped countless auto accident victims seek and secure relief for injuries caused by preventable accidents. Our Milwaukee car accident attorney is well-versed in what can be done to help substantiate a viable future claim in the wake of an accident and what common pitfalls victims can avoid if they need to seek compensation for damages.
See the recommended steps below or contact our offices at (414) 973-2550 to learn more. We're ready to help you assess your options.
Step One: Safety & Emergency Services
In the immediate aftermath of an accident, the first thing to do is address is your safety and the safety of any of your passengers. If you need to call 9-11, do so. If there is no apparent injury, call the police and wait for their arrival.
Step Two: Statements & Evidence
Once the police arrive, they will want a statement on what happened and how the accident occurred from your point of view. Try to remain calm and speak clearly. You will be asked if you were hurt. Even if you feel okay, it is not yet wise to commit to answering "no." Many injuries do not make themselves apparent in the first, adrenaline-skewed hours after an accident.
You will also want to exchange information with the other driver and gather your own evidence. If you can, take pictures of the damage and any relevant road signage, skid marks, etc. If there were witnesses to your accident, ask if you can have their contact information, as well.
Step Three: Contact Your Insurer
If you plan on filing any kind of damages or injury claim following your accident, you need to let your insurance provider aware of what happened. You will likely have to speak with your provider at least several times to properly put forth your claim. Keep a log of these calls and write down what was discussed during each phone call.
Step Four: Medical Attention
If you did not require immediate medical attention after your accident, you should still make an appointment to see your doctor after your accident regardless. Let them know what has happened and if you have been experiencing pain since the accident. Collect and keep any paperwork and test results you receive.
Step Five: Contact an Attorney
If you believe you have a legitimate claim against the driver or hurt you—or you are experiencing resistance from an insurance provider (either yours or the other driver's)—then it is time to seek legal counsel. A proven Milwaukee personal injury attorney can help review the details of your claim and either begin to negotiate a better payout from an insurance provider or take the responsible party to court on your behalf.
Our firm has recovered millions for injury victims. Contact us today to request a free consultation.