What to do if you are involved in an accident related to an automobile:
Safely pull your vehicle over if possible. If not, stay in your vehicle and dial 9-1-1 for emergency services. Urge dispatch to send officers to the scene for a report. Often times they will not sent officers, only Emergency Medical Technicians or Fire Department Ambulance rescue. It is better if police arrive to take statements and gather evidence such as witness information. This is a vital fact finding process.
Exchange your license and insurance information with all persons involved.
Go straight to urgent care to the emergency room for evaluation. Even if you do not feel hurt, often times after an accident your body is in shock and producing adrenaline and other pain reducing chemicals. Once the danger ends and the chemicals ware off, you will feel pain. Do not wait for that to happen. Go to the doctor immediately. By the time you are treated by a physician, you will feel the pain.
Contact an attorney immediately
What not to do if you are in an accident relating to an automobile:
Do not make any statements to the other person’s insurance company. They are only trying to get you to say things beneficial to them. I had a client admit to fault even though they were rear ended because the insurance adjuster asked confusing and leading questions. Do not fall for this trap!
Do not post any pictures or make any statements on social media. Often, clients post pictures of themselves doing strenuous activities while claiming to be in severe pain. Sometimes it is innocent but appearances can be deceiving. Even images taken in the past posted after the accident can appear suspicious. In one case, an adjuster found a picture posted of the client snowboarding after the accident. The client went snowboarding a week before the accident, but posted the pictures after the accident Do not do this!
Do not wait to get medical care. Insurance companies will claim you are not really hurt or something else caused your injuries. Seek medical care immediately.