Nobody prepares us for the devastating aftermath of a serious car accident. However, the decisions you make during that time can be critical and may impact your legal recourse for the harm you have suffered. Your choices can ensure your rights are protected and you receive the compensation you deserve.
If you were injured in a car accident in Media, PA or the surrounding areas – including a fender bender, left turn accident, rear-end collision, multiple vehicle accident, side impact collision, side swipe accident, and more – you deserve to hold any and all negligent parties accountable for your damages. The Law Office of Deborah M. Truscello proudly serves the people of Pennsylvania, providing comprehensive, reliable, and relentless representation.
- Prioritize Safety. The first priority following any car accident is safety. Before you do anything else, ensure that everybody involved in the accident is safe and seek immediate medical attention for any injuries. If possible, move vehicles to a safe location to avoid further collisions and hazards while awaiting first responders.
- Call the Police. Regardless of the severity of the accident, calling the police and filing a report is essential. The police report will serve as a critical piece of evidence for insurance claims and legal proceedings to document that the accident did indeed occur.
- Exchange Information. Gather contact and insurance information, as well as vehicle registration information for any party involved in the accident. It is also wise to do the same for any witnesses who could provide valuable statements or testimony.
- Document the Scene. There is no such thing as too much evidence and visual evidence can be incredibly compelling during insurance negotiations or in a personal injury claim. If it is safe to do so and you are physically able, photograph the accident scene, including license plates, the surrounding environment, and any visible injuries. If you cannot, consider asking a witness to do so.
- Seek Medical Attention. Even if you feel fine initially or believe your injuries to be minor, it’s essential to seek prompt medical attention. Some injuries have a delayed onset, and a medical professional can assess and treat your condition, providing vital documentation of any injuries you may have sustained.
- Notify Your Insurance Company. Report the accident to your insurance company as soon as you are able, providing accurate and detailed information. However, it is critical not to admit fault.
- Do Not Admit Fault. Avoid admitting fault or making statements indicative of guilt to any party other than your lawyer. Stick to the facts when discussing the accident with the other party, police, or your insurance company.
- Do Not Neglect Legal Guidance. While your insurance company covers your costs, they don’t necessarily have your back. They have their own motivations to close the case swiftly and to avoid prolonged legal battles. You need an ally who knows how to navigate the aftermath of a serious car accident and who will make your best interests the first priority. Consult an experienced Pennsylvania car accident attorney who can guide you through the legal complexities and help you maximize your rightful compensation.
- Do Not Settle Too Quickly. Avoid settling with insurance companies too quickly. Don’t undervalue your own pain. Consult an attorney before accepting any settlement offers to ensure that you’re receiving a fair settlement that addresses the full extent of your losses.
The Law Office of Deborah M. Truscello: Helping Car Accident Victims Understand Their Rights
Proudly serving clients across the state of Pennsylvania from their office in Media, the experienced personal injury team at the Law Office of Deborah M. Truscello has built a practice fighting for the rights of injured victims across Pennsylvania. We pride ourselves on offering comprehensive representation for reasonable rates and fees, taking car accident cases on a contingency fee basis. That means that we don’t get paid until you see a rightful settlement. Contact us or call us at (610) 892-4940 today for a free consultation.