Even a minor car accident requires attention to detail, so it’s critical that you slow down and take all the right steps. If you get ahead of yourself, you could make a mistake that puts your safety and health at risk, while also harming your ability to obtain the compensation you deserve in the future.

Here are some of the most important questions to answer after a car accident:

  • Do you need medical attention? Even if you assume that you’re okay, you’ll never know for sure until you seek medical care. Keep in mind that some injuries, such as a concussion and internal bleeding, don’t always present symptoms right away.
  • What steps can you take to document the accident? For example, you should take pictures of the scene and your injuries, if possible. Also, request a copy of the police report as time and your health allows.
  • Have you consulted with a personal injury attorney? It’s easy to assume that you’ll work directly with your insurance company, but this is typically a mistake. They’ll attempt to take advantage of the fact that you don’t have knowledge of your policy, the law and your legal rights. An attorney will fight for you to receive all the compensation that’s owed to you.
  • Do you understand your treatment plan? Without a clear understanding of your injuries, treatment plan and long-term prognosis, you could make key mistakes regarding your health. Be sure that you’re on the same page as your medical team from the start.
  • What information should you continue to collect? Anything pertaining to your accident and insurance claim is important to keep nearby. This can include things such as medical bills, medical records and correspondence with your insurance company.

Even if there is some confusion as to what you should and shouldn’t do after a car accident, answering these questions will put you on the right path.

Your goal is to stabilize your health, understand your legal rights and take the steps necessary to recover from your injuries and receive the compensation you deserve.

When you slow down and pay attention to the details, there’s less chance of making a mistake.