What to Do after a Car Accident
Wondering what to do after a car accident? First, alert the police and receive any necessary medical attention. Next, contact a lawyer at Chanfrau & Chanfrau.View transcript
We see a number of different types of auto accident cases that we represent in our office. The first thing you want to do if you get into an auto accident is to make sure that you document the scene. When I first started practicing law 20 years ago, we did not have the advantage of smartphones. Now everyone has smartphones. And that has been one of the biggest factors that have changed in auto accident cases, is the ability for our clients to document the scene, to take photographs of not only their vehicle but the other vehicle at the scene, and sometimes even document the scene and how the accident occurred. A lot of times when our client leaves an accident scene, their adrenaline is going. They are upset about their vehicle. The last thing they want to do is go to the Emergency Room. We always recommend that if you are uncomfortable, if you have any discomfort at all, that you try to get to see a qualified medical physician as soon as possible. There's currently a law in place that you have to seek medical care within 14 days of an accident if you want PIP, which is your personal injury protection benefits to pay your medical bills. If you do not seek medical care within 14 days of the accident, you potentially could waive those benefits. I truly enjoy what I do because I'm helping people. I want our clients to be happy with us. I want them to feel like we helped them, that we were there for them, and that we were able to walk them through this process.