What To Do After a Car Accident: Five Common Questions Answered
Being in a car crash is never a pleasant experience and if the accident was caused by the wrongful conduct of another driver, the need for compensation rings clear. In the immediate aftermath of an accident, however, scared and unsettled drivers can easily forget to take the right steps in response to what happened.
The attorneys at the Chester Law Group Co. LPA are committed to our clients. We will help guide you through the complex processes so that you can take those steps confidently and move on. Our team of attorneys has a proven record when it comes to helping car accidents victims recover their full damages amount.
There are many questions to answer when it comes to handling your accident. To get you started, here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding what to do after an accident.
Q: Should I report the accident to the police?
A: Yes. In Ohio, the law requires all accidents to be reported. Many drivers ignore reporting minor accidents, but even these incidents should be reported. Calling the police is always a good idea, even if an officer may not be able to respond promptly. If possible, get the police involved even before exchanging insurance information.
Q: Should I talk to the other driver and what should I say?
A: After an accident you may feel unsettled, scared, or angry, but it is important to stay calm and get the appropriate information from the other driver. Exchange insurance information and make sure to notify your own insurance company of the accident. Avoid getting into a discussion of the accident with the other driver. It is best to save the conversation for insurance agents or the the police.
Q: Is there anything else I should do?
A: First and foremost, if you are in need of medical attention take care of that. Even if you feel your injuries are minor, it is still important to get checked out. If necessary, call an ambulance for assistance. Unless your injuries prevent you from doing so, document as much of the scene as possible. Take notes about what happened and any damages. Taking photos or videos with a phone can be very helpful, particularly later in the claim.
Q: Will I need a lawyer to deal with the accident?
A: There are several key factors that help determine whether you need a lawyer or not. One of the biggest factors is whether serious injuries were sustained. Another factor that can influence your need for an attorney is whether or not the accident occured and your injuries were sustained as a result of negligence.
Q: How much does a lawyer cost for an accident?
A: Many law firms, including the team at Chester Law Group Co. LPA, offer free initial case consultations to accident victims. This service gives you the opportunity to speak with an experienced attorney regarding the strength of your case at no charge. A consultation can help you decide whether making a legal claim is a possibility.
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If you have more questions about your rights and options after a car accident in Ohio, call our experienced car accident team now for a free consultation. You can reach us at 800-218-4243 now.