Connecticut auto accidents can be traumatic. Immediately following the accident, it is normal to feel flustered, overwhelmed and stressed. These conditions do not always make it easy to think clearly. Unfortunately, the actions you take immediately following your auto accident can significantly impact your ability to recover the compensation you deserve. Will you know what to do after a CT Auto Accident?
The most important thing to be concerned with immediately following a CT auto accident is the health of you and your passengers. If anyone is seriously injured, dial 911 immediately and request emergency medical service. All other matters are secondary to making sure serious auto accident injuries are taken care of in a timely manner.
If no one is seriously injured, make sure you take the following actions while you are still at the accident site:
- Record the name, contact information, driver's license number, insurance information, and vehicle registration information of the other driver
- Record the names and contact information of any witnesses at the scene
- Use your cell phone to take pictures of the damage to both vehicles
- Call the police and request that an officer be dispatched to the scene to fill out an accident report
After leaving the scene of the auto accident, get examined by your doctor - even if you don't think you are seriously injured. It is common for auto accident injuries to take several days or weeks to develop symptoms, and you want to make sure any injuries are treated before they become worse.
You must also contact your insurance company within a reasonable time period following the auto accident. Be honest when answering the insurance agent's questions, but do not admit fault or sign any prepared statements without consulting an experienced auto accident attorney first.
You should also contact an experienced Connecticut personal injury attorney who can advise you of your rights and help you receive the compensation you deserve in an CT auto accident claim.
If you have been injured in a CT auto accident in the New Haven or Danbury Connecticut areas, please contact Hastings, Cohan & Walsh, LLP today to schedule your free initial consultation.
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