Every day, people throughout Indiana depend on motor vehicle transportation to get them from place to place. The natural dependence on motor vehicles nowadays makes it almost impossible to travel anywhere without them. Although motor vehicles make for a more convenient way to travel from A to B, they are not a sure fired guarantee to keep you safe. Motor vehicle collisions occur all the time, and oftentimes victims will walk away with more than a few cuts and bruises. If you have been a victim in a motor vehicle collision, it can be a very scary and stressful time as you may be thinking about family obligations, work obligations, and potentially medical treatment for any injuries you may have sustained. If you keep these four (4) things in mind, you will be on your way to conquering the stress that comes with a motor vehicle collision:
- Try and do your best to stay calm. One thing to keep in mind is that the person who hit you was not out to intentionally hit your automobile. They are probably as upset and anxious as you are.
- Call the police and make a police report. This is true even if you think the damage is minimal. It is always good practice to have documentation of what happened and making a police report is often times the most accurate recollection one will have of the events. Always be cordial and polite to the responding officer and if you can, TAKE PICTURES of the vehicles and the damage.
- If you experience pain, seek medical treatment. Often times the responding police officer will ask you right at the scene how you are feeling and will even offer to call an ambulance. You know your body better than anyone. If you feel as if you need medical transport, take it. Remember, some injuries manifest themselves differently. A broken bone will more than likely hurt right away whereas soft tissue injuries may take a couple hours to present themselves because of the adrenaline that naturally comes from a collision. Even if you feel fine at the scene of the accident, it may not be a bad idea to give your primary care physician a call and let them dictate your next move.
- Do not talk to the insurance company, unless it is your own. This is the most important thing to remember as insurance companies will not have your interests at heart. Oftentimes, they will try to offer a quick settlement to make you go away or forget about your claim. Another thing to remember is that an insurance company will never tell you to seek treatment or where to go for treatment, only you can make that decision. When selecting a medical provider, exercise caution and use common sense.
If you or a loved one has been in an automobile accident and you would like to talk about your options, please give the Attorneys at the Marc Lopez Law Firm a call or text at 317 632 3642.