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5 Steps to Follow After an Auto Accident

The first thing you should do after an auto accident is get medical attention as soon as possible. Even if your injuries seem minor, symptoms may not appear for days or weeks after your accident. Medical professionals can treat and document your condition to help ensure your legal rights to compensation are protected.

Steps to Strengthen Your Auto Claim

After getting the medical help you need, there are five steps you should take after your auto accident to help strengthen your injury claim:

  1. Notify your insurance company.
    Report your auto accident to your insurance company as soon as possible. Don’t sign any documents or speak to the other driver’s insurance company, as these actions can affect your ability to file a claim.
  2. Write down how your accident happened.
    We know auto accidents are often traumatic, and you may feel like you’ll remember everything about how the accident happened. But small details may become unclear over time, so it’s a good idea to write down information including:

    • diagrams of how your accident happened,
    • time of day,
    • vehicle descriptions,
    • weather conditions,
    • and any other information that may be helpful to your case.
  3. Photograph your injuries.
    Pictures can help insurance adjusters and juries understand the severity of your injuries. If your doctor didn’t take pictures of your injuries, try to take photos yourself.
  4. Document your treatment progress.
    Write down your doctors’ visits, medications and dosages, and any physical rehabilitation you receive. Keeping a log of your medical treatment can help you get compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
  5. Get a lawyer.
    If you’ve been injured in an auto accident, you deserve experienced legal representation dedicated to fighting for your best interests. The Michigan car accident lawyers at Michigan Injury Lawyers will work hard to get you the full amount of compensation for your injuries so you can focus on your recovery. Contact us today—just dial (888) 454-0801 or complete a free initial consultation form.