After an accident, it is natural to be shocked, frightened, and be unable to think straight. If have never been in an accident before, you may not even know what to do during the aftermath. If you don’t know what steps to take after an accident it is highly likely that you also aren’t familiar with your rights. There are plenty of damages that occur after an accident such as injuries, emotional trauma, and personal property damages which all need to be addressed.
Personal property damages aren’t the only expense that you may face after an accident. If you have sustained injuries you may experience mounting medical costs from treatment, therapy, and medications. Additionally, your injuries may keep you from being able to work which will result in missed wages. You will need compensation for these losses. The best way to build a successful personal injury claim that will yield a fair settlement is to contact a Janesville personal injury attorney shortly after your accident.
Steps To Take After An Accident In Wisconsin
The first thing to do is to get the other party’s information including:
- Vehicle make and model
- Driver’s license number
- License plate number
- Insurance and registration information
- Contact information
Gather as much information on the other party as possible so you can file your claim effectively against their insurance company. Then:
- Call the police and obtain a police report so you have documentation of the crash as well as information as to who was to blame for it. In a police report, the officer will include their determination of who was at fault for the accident.
- Talk to witnesses and ask if they would provide testimony for what they saw. If they are open to doing so, obtain their contact information.
- Make sure that you see a doctor and obtain a correct diagnosis for your injuries as well as a treatment plan for recovery. The documentation will support and add legitimacy to your injury claims.
- Write down a description of the accident with all the details as soon as you can so your memory doesn’t fade and leave anything out. You can also start a journal where you document how your injuries have affected your life, how you feel, when you have medical appointments, how long you have to be there, etc. Documenting everything will add clarity to your claim.
- Take pictures of everything you can at the accident scene, the damages, the environment, the weather conditions, your injuries, the condition of the other car. Take as many pictures as possible because visible evidence is compelling.
- Call a Wisconsin car accident attorney.
Personal Injury Attorneys In Wisconsin and Illinois That Care About Accident Victims
The Alexander J. Smith Law Offices care about our local residents in Wisconsin and Illinois who are victimized in accidents where injuries resulted. We are committed to providing resourceful legal representation to our clients and fighting on their behalf so they obtain the highest amount of compensation. Call us today to set up a free consultation with one of our Wisconsin and Illinois traffic accident attorneys at (608) 237-7035 for residents of Wisconsin or (815) 2439686 for residents of Illinois.