What To Do After A Car Accident
Injured in a car accident? Not sure what steps to take next? Watch this video to learn what to do after a car accident to ensure your rights are protected.
Questions: What steps should I take if I’m seriously injured in an auto accident in Las vegas?
In Nevada, the steps that you need to take in a car crash claim are what I would call multifaceted. The first thing that I tell everybody, no matter what, is you have to take care of yourself. The first thing that you have to do is get the medical treatment that your doctor suggests. Follow all of their instructions, do what you’re told, go to all of your appointments and make sure that you get all of the treatment that is required for you to get better and to get back to the way that you were.
The other steps that you need to do following a car crash is, make sure that you call the police and have Metro come and investigate the crash. If you have injuries, go with the EMTs and go to the hospital. Get checked out because your injuries could be more severe than you even know. The other things that you need to do is make sure that you know the name of witnesses, take photographs of both vehicles. Take lots of pictures. It’s kind of strange that we all have phones with cameras on them and we’ll take tons of selfies, but when it comes to a car crash, we’ll get one or two pictures that don’t really show anything. Take a ton of pictures and take video. Make sure that you get all of the information. Here is something that is critically important: do not lose your temper. Don’t get in a fight with the other driver. Keep calm and cooperate with the police. Do what you need to do. Get the witnesses’ information. If you’re hurt so bad that you can’t do any of that, the police will do the investigation.
Once you get past your medical care and treatment, you can think about dealing with the insurance company. You can deal with the insurance company on your property damage claim and get your car fixed, get a rental vehicle and do what you need to do to get your car fixed. When it comes to your personal injury claim, here’s what you need to tell the insurance adjuster when they call you and want to take a recorded statement. Tell them you’re not ready to do a recorded statement. Never give a recorded statement unless you’ve talked to an attorney. If they press you for it, tell them that you’re going to talk to an attorney and the attorney will get in contact with them.
If they’re asking you about the facts of the accident or how you’re feeling, they will ask you in a manner which will benefit them and not you. Before you talk to them, talk to an attorney. That’s my best advice. If you are going to talk to them, tell them that if you’ve been injured. If you have injuries, tell them that you’re going and getting medical treatment and once your medical treatment is concluded, you will be in further contact with them. Until then, only deal with them on the property damage issues because you don’t want to say anything where you think you’re being honest and trying to help them, but they will come back and use it against you. They have years of experience and years of training on how to ask questions to get you to say things in a manner that they can twist and use against you. Get legal advice before you talk to an insurance adjuster. That is the most important thing that you should take away from this because it is critical.
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We had a call the other day from someone who was injured in a car accident in Oklahoma. We don’t practice in Oklahoma but we found a great personal injury attorney in Stillwater that did a great job with the Oklahoma Car Accident Guide. Check it out if you are ever injured in a car accident in Oklahoma