Unfortunately, car accidents happen and when they do, they can cause financial, physical, and emotional havoc. While there is no requirement that you consult with an attorney after you suffer an injury in a car accident, it is wise to do so. Insurance companies are not your friends. Our Georgia car accident lawyers would be happy to examine the facts of your case with an eye to maximizing the amount of compensation you may be entitled to recover for your injuries.
Tempers can rise precipitously after an accident. Do your best to stay levelheaded. Keep your mind on the task at hand and stay civil at all times. Some things you can do to put yourself in the best possible situation to obtain the maximum fair compensation that you deserve include the following:
Do not move your vehicle
Unless your car is in a dangerous spot, do not move it until the police arrive and record the location of the accident. They will tell you when it is okay to move your vehicle.
Seek medical treatment
Even if you do not think you have serious injury, it is best to go to the doctor after your accident to establish a record in the event that an injury such as whiplash appears months later. Have a thorough examination.
Call the police
The police will come to the scene and fill out an accident report. They will also help you get the names and addresses of the other parties and of any witnesses. Find out where to get a copy of the accident report so that you can take it to your lawyer.
Do not leave the scene of the accident
You must stop if you have an accident. Leaving without stopping can lead to a charge of hit and run driving.
Speak only to the police
Avoid discussing what happened with anyone but the police. Tell the truth, but be careful what you say because it can be used against you if your case goes to trial. Do not admit fault.
Contact Cochran, Cherry, Givens, Smith, Sistrunk and Sams P.C. by calling toll-free (404) 222-9922 to speak to one of our car accident attorneys in Georgia, or use our convenient web form. You only have a limited amount of time to file your car accident lawsuit, so do not delay in contacting us for a free consultation.