There is a procedure that you should follow when you have been in a car accident, no matter how minor the damage and injuries sustained.
The first step is to ensure that you are not injured. Whether paramedics or emergency personnel have assessed you or not, see a doctor or go to the nearest emergency room for a check-up. Injuries may not be immediately noticeable due to the stress and adrenaline that is the result of an accident. Trained medical professionals know what to look for and will be able to ensure that you have not sustained an injury that you may be unaware of.
Step 2 is to swap contact, insurance, and other necessary information with the other party or parties involved in the accident. You may also want to get some witness statements and collect evidence of the events that led up to the accident and the accident itself if you are physically able to do so.
Step 3 is to contact an Albuquerque car accident lawyer. This is even more important if you were injured in the accident. Your insurance may not be willing to pay a claim for injuries or damages if the accident was the fault of another party or for other reasons. A lawyer can help fight the power of an insurance legal team to ensure that your claims are paid whether it is your insurance that won’t pay or the other party involved in the collision. A lawyer is also very important if the other party does not have liability insurance. They will ensure that you receive a fair and adequate settlement or compensation in court.
Step 4 is to report the accident to the nearest police station as soon as possible. Your Albuquerque car accident lawyer will need this report as well as your medical reports, bills and other documents in order to successfully negotiate a personal injury claim.