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What You Should Do After An Accident

Accidents often happen in an instant. After you recover from the initial shock, there are several decisions that you need to make within a short amount of time to protect your options if you want to pursue a claim seeking compensation.

Unfortunately, many people make mistakes that either lead to them recovering far less than they need, or recovering nothing and being left with thousands of dollars in medical bills. Remembering these simple steps if you or a loved one is ever in an accident will be extremely beneficial:

1. Report the accident to the police.

Having an official documented accident report can help support your claim if you decide to take action later. Many people who cause accidents often change their story later on if they are at risk of a lawsuit. A police report can document a change in the story. Oftentimes, an at-fault driver will not want to call the police, instead suggesting the drivers can simply exchange information. Never fall for this! Always contact the local police following an accident.

2. Seek medical attention as soon as possible.

Even if you think your injuries are not that serious, have a doctor examine you. Serious injuries may not reveal themselves for days or weeks after your accident. If you wait too long, it will be more difficult to link your injuries to the accident. See a doctor and follow his or her recommendations for ongoing treatment.

3. Call an attorney as soon as possible.

In Brownsburg, Indianapolis or anywhere in Indiana, turn to the Boulton Law Group for help. We can handle all of the interactions with insurance adjusters on your behalf and put you in the best position to maximize your compensation. Working with an attorney can provide the peace of mind you need during this stressful time because you can focus on your health instead of complicated legal issues.

4. Document any damage if you can.

If you are able, use your phone or a camera to take pictures of the accident scene. This includes damage to any vehicles, safety hazards or skid marks. Additionally, get the names and contact information of all witnesses if you can. Our firm routinely works with accident reconstruction experts, and attorney Matt Boulton is skilled at investigating accident scenes to secure crucial evidence. You should also photograph all physical injuries you sustain and continue taking photographs through the recovery of your injuries.

5. Report the accident to your own insurance company.

Indiana law requires insurance companies to provide proof of your insurance to the Department of Motor Vehicles within 30 days of an accident, or you could face a license suspension. Reporting the accident to your own insurance company is an important step. This does not mean that you should discuss your accident with any insurance adjuster from the other driver's insurance carrier. Do not trust them to do right by you.

If you wish to learn more, we invite you to call us today at 317-350-4935 to schedule your free consultation with lawyer Matt Boulton. He and the rest of our staff are passionate advocates for the victims of other's fault. You will never owe us any fee until we secure compensation on your behalf. If you have questions, just call us.