Steps To Take After A Serious Accident

There are certain steps you should take to protect your right to compensation after a serious accident. There are also certain missteps you should avoid. Mistakes made early in the process can be difficult to correct later.

At Satterley & Kelley PLLC, in Louisville, Kentucky, we offer a free initial consultation to explain your rights and answer your questions. Contact us today to speak to a lawyer.

Here are steps you should take:

  1. Report the accident to police.
  2. Lend assistance to anyone needing medical care, if you are able.
  3. Take pictures of the accident scene and vehicle damage (or ask someone else to).
  4. Get names and phone numbers of any witnesses.
  5. Get medical care, even if you do not feel seriously injured. You may not feel injuries until later.
  6. Follow up on medical care to ensure you recover as fully as possible.
  7. Call us for a free initial consultation.

Here are missteps you should avoid:

  1. Making a recorded statement to the other driver's insurance company (your statements can be used against you)
  2. Posting on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or other social media sites (your posts can be taken to mean things you never intended)
  3. Signing a release form without legal advice (don't give up your rights)
  4. Accepting a settlement without legal advice (don't accept less than you deserve)
  5. Toughing out an injury (the insurance company will not believe you are injured if you don't seek treatment or if you discontinue treatment)

Speak To A Car Accident Attorney Today

You do not have to deal with a car accident alone. You have rights and options, and our skilled attorneys can help you understand what they are. To take advantage of a free initial consultation at our Louisville office, call 502-785-8758 or toll-free at 800-655-2117. You may also complete our contact form if it's more convenient.