What to do After a Car Accident in Vermont
With more and more cars on the road every year, the number of car accidents in Vermont increases. Car accidents resulting in fatality or serious injury can put an enormous financial burden on the victims and their family members. The stress and burden of these events can be compounded by insurance companies who fight to pay as little as possible.
If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed in a car accident, please contact the Law Offices of Van Dorn & Curtiss or call (603) 556-4148 today to set up a free initial consultation with our experienced Vermont car accident lawyer.
Steps to Take Immediately After a Car Accident
Though it may seem the cards are stacked against you, there are steps you can take immediately following a car accident that will help protect your interests before you can meet with our Vermont car accident lawyers.
The very first thing any auto accident victim should do is call the police. When the police arrive, they will examine the scene and talk with all parties individually to try to piece together what caused the accident and who is at fault. If you are able, the officers may have you make a written report at the scene. Try to be as clear as possible in describing the events and circumstances of the accident without speculating as to causes. In the event of a lawsuit, the police report, including your written statement, can be valuable as evidence. It is also a good idea to take your own personal photos of the vehicles involved and the accident scene, as well as get the names and contact information of any witnesses.
Even if you are feeling OK after the accident, it is a good idea to visit your family doctor or the emergency room, because some serious injuries sustained in car accidents, including traumatic brain injuries, can take hours or days to fully manifest symptoms. Be sure to tell the physician that you were in an accident, and be clear about any pain or discomfort you may be experiencing.
If you think the accident was caused by the negligent or illegal actions of the other driver, it is wise to meet with an experienced Vermont car accident lawyer as soon as you can. You can request copies of the police report and your medical bills which can help us determine if you have the grounds for a lawsuit. However, if your injuries prevent you from getting these, we are happy to gather them for your claim.
If you have been injured in a car accident, please speak with our experienced car accident lawyer to schedule a free consultation today.