The roads of LA are seemingly becoming increasingly dangerous for drivers and pedestrians alike with accident-related deaths and injuries both increasing by approximately 30% during the past year. While seeking medical attention for your injuries is an obvious (and important) thing to do, the rest of your actions following an accident are equally as important. In addition to reporting the accident and gathering evidence at the scene if you are able to, here are three additional things you need to do after an accident to help ensure the best possible outcome for yourself.
Review Your Insurance Coverage
It is important that you notify your insurance company of the accident as soon as you are able to. It may be tempting to rather negotiate a cash deal with the other involved parties to avoid claiming from insurance altogether, it is never a good idea. Doing so can leave you liable for any damage that arises from the accident. Your insurance claims advisor will be able to help you with assessing your coverage and the navigation of your options. If the negligent party’s insurance is not adequate to cover your damages, your own policy may be able to address the issue.
Seek Out Legal Assistance
A car accident can result in serious injuries as well as property damages. When seeking compensation for the costs associated with these injuries and damages, things can get very complicated. If this is the case, it is always advisable to seek out professional legal advice. A personal injury lawyer will be able to explain when you are entitled to property damage and bodily injury claims and what needs to be done to successfully obtain reimbursement for costs associated with everything from medical expenses and loss of income to the cost to replace or repair your vehicle.
Give Yourself Time to Recover
Recovering from the physical injuries and mental trauma caused by an accident can be a long and grueling process. Add the stress of having to deal with insurance companies and legal firms into the mix and it can become very difficult to deal with the entire situation. It is important to give yourself time to recover, both mentally and physically. If you try to get back into your pre-accident routine too soon you can hinder your overall progress. Listen to both your body and your mind and give yourself the time needed to recover properly.
A road accident can end up being physically, emotionally, and financially debilitating. It is therefore very important that you not only take care of all the legalities, but your own health and well-being as well.
Cassandra Winter is a professional writer and editor. After a career in PR for an arts charity, she now focuses on writing about her favourite topics from public art to restoration and events. When not working she loves swimming, hiking and quiet nights in with her family.