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5 Things to Do After a Car Accident

Most people don't know what to do after a car accident until after the fact. Don't be that person—learn exactly what you should do after a crash to make sure you're covered!

Source: http://www.rmdlaw.com/personal-injury/car-accidents/

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Take Pictures Right After Your Accident

Take Pictures Right After Your Accident

Pull out your phone immediately after your car accident and start taking pictures. This helps your car accident lawyer document your damages with the insurance companies later on. Be sure to get good, clear, well-lit pictures of:

  • Your injuries
  • Damages to your car
  • Damages to the other car(s)
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Get a Police Report

Get a Police Report

If your accident resulted in any damage or #injury at all, no matter how small, call the police right away and get statements from everyone involved.

Sometimes, when the police arrive at the scene, they will claim that you are not injured and do not need a police report. Respectfully disagree and insist on a police report in a friendly, but firm manner. These reports can help clear up liability with the insurance company from the start. This means your car will be fixed faster and you are more likely to be compensated for your injuries.

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Go to the Doctor Right Away

Go to the Doctor Right Away

Seek treatment for your injuries as soon as possible. Even if you don't feel like you're injured, see a doctor, anyway. You body can go into shock after an accident, causing you not to feel any pain or discomfort. Also, some injuries do not cause any symptoms for days, weeks, or even months.

Seeing a doctor right after your accident can help uncover and document the full extent of any injuries you have, which will in turn help your #attorney as they fight the insurance companies.

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The Insurance Adjuster Is NOT Your Friend

The Insurance Adjuster Is NOT Your Friend

Never give a recorded statement to an insurance adjuster. They may try to tell you that it's mandatory or necessary or something similar, but you are under no obligation to answer questions the defendant's insurer asks you.

Insurance adjusters will often ask personal or irrelevant questions that are meant to manipulate you into saying things that can be used to devalue your claim. Get a lawyer first before talking to an adjuster.

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Get a Car Accident Lawyer

Get a Car Accident Lawyer

When it comes to dealing with insurance companies and other parties who are concerned with their own bottom lines, you need an advocate. When you are injured and suffering, the last thing you need is to worry about fighting for the compensation you deserve when you should be focusing on healing. That is why you need a lawyer.

RMD Law LLP is here for you if you've been in a car accident in Orange County. Contact us online or give us a call 24/7 at (949) 565-2344 for a free consultation anytime!