A relatively mild car accident, in which there are no serious injuries and minimal damage either of the vehicles, happens to almost everyone at some point in their life. Frequently more of an annoyance and an unfortunate delay than anything else, these events can still bring about significant time lost in terms of working with insurance companies, dealing with the other party, and more. For a busy Milwaukee area driver, it’s important to follow a few steps to ensure that the post-accident resolution activities are handled quickly, effectively and properly. Fortunately, you have Domnitz & Domnitz Law, your Milwaukee car accident lawyers, available to provide advice and expertise when you need it.
Once you’ve ensured the accident scene is safe and there is no risk of further injury, communicate with the other party cordially and assess their situation and reaction. Do not admit fault, but avoid placing blame or complicating the situation. Stick to the facts, and exchange information as quickly as possible. Do not make any verbal agreements as far as the legalities of the situation are concerned. In rare cases, the other party in the accident may wish to attempt to bargain with you, shift blame, or even to intimidate you. If you see any indication that the other party is not trustworthy or is hostile, simply avoid further communication and stay by your car or at a safe distance from the accident scene.
Don’t call your insurance company yet, especially in the case of personal injury. Insurance companies try to get a recorded statement from an injured victim following a crash because they know that not all injuries are felt or discovered right away. They are hoping to limit your recovery by recording you saying you feel fine or have only minor aches or pains in the hours after a crash. In case of injury, do not speak with the insurance company without first consulting our experienced Milwaukee car accident attorneys.
Be sure to assess your injury status carefully. In the moments after an accident, your body may experience an adrenaline rush that can mask pain, and oftentimes the pain doesn’t surface until you’ve left the accident scene. Likewise, even if the damage to your vehicle appears mild, there may be more extensive repairs and maintenance needed that aren’t initially noticed. For these reasons, it’s important to cover all your bases. Make sure to take detailed photos of the accident scene and the vehicles involved, and make a mental note of your recollection of the events that led up to the accident.
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At Domnitz & Domnitz, S.C., we have the resources to provide top-notch representation in car accidents and other personal injury accidents. Contact our Milwaukee personal injury attorneys online or call 414-289-0909 immediately after a car accident for a free consultation and review of your legal rights from respected Milwaukee car accident attorneys.