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What Should I Do Right After an Auto Accident?

Being involved in an automobile accident always comes as a shock. The moments after a crash can be disorienting, but it is crucial to take steps to protect yourself. Furthermore, knowing what to do in the immediate minutes and hours after a collision can help you improve your chances of recovering the compensation you deserve for losses such as medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and more.

Step 1: Prioritize Safety

Your immediate priority after a car accident should be to keep yourself and any passengers safe. Move your car to a safe place, if possible, and put on your hazard lights. Assess yourself and others for significant harm. Call 911 for severe injuries and administer first aid as necessary until professional help arrives if you are trained to do so.

Step 2: Contact the Police


Wisconsin law requires you to report an automobile accident if it results in injury to a person or more than $1,000 in property damage. However, not all injuries and damage are immediately apparent. As such, you should alert law enforcement authorities anytime you are involved in an accident. The responding officer will fill out a police report, which will serve as crucial evidence in your accident claim.

Step 3: Gather Evidence


While you await the arrival of law enforcement, take a moment to capture photos and videos of the accident scene if you are able. Take pictures of skid marks, vehicle damage, road conditions, and your injuries. You should also exchange contact and insurance information with other drivers involved and request contact information from any eyewitnesses.

Step 4: Seek Medical Attention


Seeing a medical professional as soon as possible is one of the most vital steps to take after an accident. Remember that adrenaline can mask the sensation of pain, so you might not be aware of your injuries right away. A thorough examination by a doctor can detect hidden injuries. The sooner you go to the hospital, the stronger the link will be between the crash and your injuries, increasing the likelihood that the at-fault party’s insurance company will recognize your claim as valid.

Step 5: Consult with an Experienced Wisconsin Car Accident Attorney


While many people attempt to file accident claims without professional assistance, those who work with a skilled lawyer can significantly increase their chances of receiving the maximum compensation they deserve. An attorney can investigate the crash thoroughly, calculate the value of your losses, and negotiate aggressively with the insurer for a fair settlement. If necessary, they can litigate your claim in court.

Contact Atterbury, Kammer & Haag, S.C., Today


At Atterbury, Kammer & Haag, S.C., our attorneys understand what it takes to file a successful claim. Our lawyers have been recognized as Super Lawyers for many years and have reputations as being among the top trial lawyers in Wisconsin. Contact us today for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation with a member of our team to learn more about how we can help you.

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