Most people know the basics of what to do if they are in a car crash, including exchanging information with the other driver. But what happens if you are injured in a multi-vehicle accident? What steps do you take then?
It is important to attend to any medical emergencies after the crash, just as you would in any accident. Also make sure police have been notified, as their investigation will also help determine who was at fault and what caused the crash. This can be particularly helpful when there are multi vehicles involved. Here are the other steps your North Carolina personal injury attorney.
Not only do you need to get the information of all the other drivers involved, you should also obtain the contact information of police officers, EMTs, tow truck drivers, other vehicle passengers, and any people that have seen the crash. Anyone of these people may end up being a witness in the event this turns into a personal injury lawsuit.
And no matter what type of crash you are involved in, you should also obtain photos and document any other details your attorney may need. Take pictures of everything at an accident scene. Start with the identifying documents of the other drivers and any witnesses, including license plates, damage to all vehicles, and any injuries that vehicle occupants may have.
You should also take photos of the road, debris, skid marks, road damage, street signs, and traffic lights. Take photos of weather condition and if the crash happened at night, try to get photos of the lighting in the area.
Do Not Talk
It is important to remember that anything you say after a crash can be used against you by insurance companies to deny your claim. Do not offer any information about what your involvement in the crash except for what you are legally obligated to answer. In multi-vehicle crashes, there can be several “layers” of liability, and even if you were in the crash, you may not actually know what caused it. It is best to offer or volunteer information until you have spoken with your North Carolina accident attorney.
Contact a North Carolina Accident Attorney
If you have been injured in a multi-vehicle accident, the claim process can be complex. Call a skilled North Carolina car accident attorney from Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp to discuss what legal options you may have and how our firm can help. Our legal team will work diligently, using all available resources, to get you the financial compensation you deserve for your injuries. Some of the damages you may be able to collect include medical expenses, loss of income and benefits, pain and suffering, emotional anguish, scarring, disfigurement, and more.