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What Not to Do in a North Carolina Car Crash

According to North Carolina law enforcement, there were more than 700 vehicle accidents during last week’s bad weather. Although the bad weather was a major factor in the majority of these crashes, the reality is that car accidents can happen to anyone, anywhere, at any time. If you are injured in a car accident, it is important to know what steps to take. A North Carolina personal injury attorney can help ensure you receive the financial compensation you deserve.

How to Not Make an Accident Worse

When a person experiences a trauma such as a vehicle accident, they sometimes react in such a way they normally wouldn’t. For example, many people who are in a crash panic and leave the scene of the crash. This can cause serious legal troubles since it is against the law to leave an accident scene. If you are in a crash, you need to exchange contact and insurance information without the other driver. You should also try to get the contact information of any witnesses and to obtain photographs of the accident scene.

Regardless of whether the accident was a major or minor one, you should contact the police to report it. If there is any question of which driver caused the crash, or if the other driver’s insurance company tries to deny your claim, the police report could help make your case stronger.

It is human nature to feel badly about a crash, even when it is not your fault. A common reaction is for people to apologize, but doing this could be used against you as an admission of guilt and your claim could be denied.

Another part of human nature is reacting to the stress that you may experience from the crash. People sometimes lose their temper at the at-fault driver when they realize they have been injured and/or see the damage done to their vehicle. Staying calm, even though you are upset, can go a long way in helping your case.

It is also important to seek medical attention immediately following the crash even if you don’t think you have been hurt. It can take a few days – sometimes even weeks for symptoms to show up. There are many types of these injuries which can be serious, even fatal if they go untreated.

If you fail to get medical treatment right away, you may also hurt your chances of getting a settlement from the insurance company because they may try to claim that your injuries did not occur in the crash.

Contact a Carolinas Accident Attorney for Assistance

If you have been injured in a crash, contact a North Carolina car accident attorney to see what type of financial damages you may be entitled to. The legal team from Shapiro & Appleton have been advocating for injured clients since 1985 and will do all we can to ensure you receive the best possible outcome under the circumstances of your case. If you would like to meet with one of our skilled North Carolina car accident attorneys to find out how we can help, call us today at 800-752-0042 for a free case evaluation.

Randall E. Appleton
Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Lawyer Serving Va Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake & all of Virginia
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