If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident there are important steps that you must take in order to protect yourself. Remembering to take the following steps when you’re involved in a car or truck accident will have a substantial effect on the outcome of your personal injury claim.

1) Contact the Police and/or File a Police Report

If possible, contact the police immediately. Their presence at the accident scene can help ensure that you have records of important information for your personal injury claim. This may include the names and contact information of other parties that were involved. Also, the report itself can serve as a record of the important facts involved in the accident. The police report can be used as evidence at the time of trial to assist in the determination of which party caused the collision.
If you are unable to contact the police at the time of the accident it is important that you contact them as soon as possible thereafter so they can write a report.

2) Get Medical Treatment

If you’ve been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you must seek medical treatment. You should be aware that failing to seek medical attention after an accident can sometimes reduce the amount of damages you are able to recover. Therefore, after a car accident it is important to call your doctor, go to the emergency department of a local hospital or go to an urgent care so a medical professional can assess your injuries.

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MATTHEW J. PERRY

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