The impact was stunning. Whether you were stopped at a red light, trying to merge into traffic, or already traveling at the speed limit, the moment when the car behind you struck the back of your car changed everything. While it can be difficult to think clearly, it is important to take specific steps to protect your medical and legal recoveries.
Take it One Step at a Time
Immediately after a rear-end collision, it is important to:
- Call 911. This will dispatch police and an ambulance to the scene of the crash. It is important to report your accident so that the police can take steps to prevent additional accidents, while thoroughly investigating your crash. An ambulance may also be important for you, or anyone else, who has suffered injuries.
- Take pictures, if you are able to do so safely. This may be important evidence for your case. However, you should take pictures only if your medical situation allows it.
- Accept medical help. Allow the emergency medical technicians to examine you and take you to the hospital for a complete examination. The sooner that you get care, the sooner you may be able to control your pain and prevent your injuries from worsening.
Once these things have occurred, you can move on to the other things that you need to do to protect your physical and financial recoveries.
Afraid You Won’t Remember What to Do After a Crash?
The things we describe above may seem simple enough now, but an accident scene can be a confusing and overwhelming place. Please take a few minutes to download our FREE auto accident app to your cellphone so that you will be prepared in the event of a crash. And if you have already been injured in a crash caused by a negligent driver, contact us using our online contact form to schedule a complimentary consultation.