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Know your rights and what to do after a car accident

While you are sitting at a red light, a car is speeding toward you and doesn't seem to be stopping. You know that you are going to get rear-ended so you brace yourself for the crash. The inevitable happens and now you are hurt.

Suffering from an injury in a car accident is sometimes a life-changing event. Not only do you have to deal with the pain and medical issues, you might have to deal with the issues related to getting your car fixed or getting a new car if the one you were driving is totaled.

Ultimately, you might decide to seek compensation to help defray the costs of the accident. Because this is likely going to be an option, think about these points.

At the scene

While you are at the scene of the accident, you should take stock of your injuries. Determine if you need medical care right away or if you are going to go see your doctor later. Make sure that you contact emergency services so that you can at least get the police department out if you don't need an ambulance. You should also try to get the other driver's information, as well as any information you can from witnesses. Snap a few pictures of the scene if you can because these might come in handy in your claim for compensation.

When you seek medical care

When you seek medical care for your injuries, take notes about what you are told. Keep track of your medical bills and keep a record of anything you have to pay out-of-pocket for. All of this can help determine the damages you have suffered when you are preparing your claim for compensation.

In the days after the accident

In the days after the accident, keep track of how the injuries are impacting you. This includes noting how your daily life has changed. Jot down what activities are impossible or more difficult. Note any plans that you had to cancel or change. Keeping good records of these points could help when you seek damages for pain and suffering or loss of enjoyment of life.

When you seek compensation

When you seek compensation, make sure that you are thinking about every aspect of your finances that were impacted. This can include claims for missed wages if you were unable to work during all or part of your recovery, as well as for time you had to take off for medical appointments and therapy. You should also think about what expenses you might have going forward since the injuries, especially if they are catastrophic, might impact you far into the future.

Source: Nov. 30, -0001

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