The moments following a car accident can be disorienting and frightening. You may be unsure of the exact cause of the crash and hesitant on what to do next.
After an accident, the most important thing is to prioritize the injuries of yourself and other passengers. In Pennsylvania, of the 128,188 reported crashes in 2017, the most recent year where data is available, there were 80,612 injuries. While seeking medical attention is critical, there are also other items to consider both immediately after the accident and in the days to follow.
Immediately after the accident
When you are able to, follow these steps after being involved in a car crash:
Depending on the severity of the crash, other steps may be necessary. Refrain from apologizing, admitting guilt or acting rashly in the moments immediately following.
In the days and weeks following the accident
After the initial shock of the accident subsides, you may decide to pursue a personal injury claim for the injuries or property damage that you suffered. To support your claim, take the following steps:
Every accident is unique and involves different considerations. You may be juggling serious injuries, mounting expenses, an inability to work and more. Take each day one step at a time and consult with professionals to pursue what you deserve to allow you to move forward.