What Should I Do After a Car Accident?
Since the pandemic began, there has been less traffic on Wisconsin roads. This would lead some to believe that there have been fewer car accidents and fatalities in the past few months. However, this may not be the case.
In May and June, Wisconsin actually experienced a small rise in traffic fatalities. This trend has played out across the entire country, despite an estimated 40 percent drop in traffic. Experts believe that though there are fewer crashes, injuries from those crashes are more severe. This may be due to more reckless driving and speeding during these unprecedented times.
This means that highway safety is just as important now as it was before the pandemic. In that same spirit, our Wisconsin car accident attorneys have gathered some tips to help you in the event of a car accident.
What to Do After a Wisconsin Car Crash
- Get Out of Harm’s Way – Staying on the road, where your crash happened, can actually lead to more injuries. If another car collides with yours, or hits you when you get out of the vehicle, you could sustain further catastrophic injuries. Check to make sure it is safe before you leave your vehicle. Can you move to the side of the road safely? Try to get yourself and any passengers out of danger before you do anything else.
- Get Medical Attention – Are you, your passengers and the person in the other vehicle visibly injured? If so, contact an ambulance. In the event of an injury, do not move the injured. This could actually worsen his or her condition. Only move an injured person if he or she is in immediate danger, such as from a fire.
- Call 911 – Notifying the authorities has an immediate and necessary purpose. It will dispatch emergency responders to ensure that the injured get medical attention. Police who arrive on the scene will document what they find and create a report. That police report can be critical for future insurance claims or personal injury lawsuits.
- Let Other Drivers Know There’s Been a Crash – This step is important, but not always thought about. If you are able, turn your hazard signals on and try to mark the crash. Whether this is by putting up markers, or by using a flashlight or flare at night, let other drivers know there is a crash ahead. This will help to prevent further accidents and injuries.
- Assess the Damage – If you are safe and able-bodied, then you should consider documenting the crash. If you have a camera on your phone, take pictures. Get the contact information of anyone who may have seen the crash. Exchange information with the other party involved in the crash. Do so without discussing details of the crash or apologizing for it.
- Contact an Attorney – This step is important when it comes to protecting your rights and potential compensation. An attorney can help guide you through this particularly stressful, tough time. They can help prevent mistakes that could cost you the compensation you need. They can even help you deal with insurance companies who may be reluctant to approve your claim.
Have More Questions? Our Wisconsin Car Accident Attorney Is Ready to Help
At Martin Law Office, S.C., we have the experience needed to help you secure the compensation you deserve. Attorney Kevin R. Martin is also a registered nurse, which gives him a unique advantage when it comes to representing the injured. We also have a video center where you can become familiar with our lawyers and how they can help you. Call (414) 856-4010 today to schedule a free consultation or fill out our online contact form.