What to do when injured in a car accident

Car crashes on North Carolina roads claim an average of 1,500 lives each year with many more people suffering injuries — some permanent or even catastrophic — according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). If you have a serious auto accident in the Charlotte, North Carolina area, Dozier Miller Law Group may be able to help.

Here are eight things to keep in mind after a car accident:

  1. Don’t try to “tough it out.” Seek medical attention as soon as possible. The insurance company may question the seriousness of your injuries if you delay medical care.
  2. Follow the doctor’s orders. This includes seeking treatment from any specialists recommended by your doctor.
  3. If you have health insurance, use it. The amount paid by your health insurance company to satisfy your medical bills can be included in your claim for damages.
  4. Keep a diary of your condition. Write down what hurts, when it hurts, and how much it hurts. Details are often fuzzy when it comes time to settle or try your case.
  5. Make a record of work missed due to injuries sustained in an accident. Lost wages can be included in your claim for damages.
  6. Take pictures of any damage to your vehicle as well as personal injuries you sustained in the accident. (i.e. bruises, cuts, burns, scars).
  7. Do not give a statement to the insurance company without talking to your lawyer. Anything you tell the insurance adjuster can be used against you.
  8. Most importantly, concentrate on getting better! Let you lawyer worry about dealing with the insurance company and its attorneys.

The above list is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to impart legal advice.

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