First Steps After an Accident
Grand Rapids Car Accident Attorneys
What to Do After an Accident in Michigan
An accident is something that most people hope to avoid in their lifetime. Unfortunately, statistics indicate that more than 35% of all adults will get involved in an accident of some kind by the time they are thirty years old.
Following an accident on the road, at work, or any other place, there are some things you can do to immediately protect yourself and your best interests. Contact the personal injury law, disability, and workers' compensation law firm of Jensen, DeHaan & Symko, P.C., to learn more about our verdicts and settlements in personal injury cases and how we can help you recover money damages you may be entitled to.
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Talk only to the police: Immediately after an accident, emotions may be at a peak. Don’t say a word to anybody but the police. Do not talk to the police while the other driver or passengers involved can overhear what you are saying. Follow police directions precisely. Remember, everything you say or do at the scene of the accident may be used against you in a civil suit.
Get medical treatment: Don't decline any medical treatment that may be offered to you at the scene by a licensed medical professional. Make a careful observation and notes of all medical treatment you receive and follow your doctor's directions precisely.
Let the professionals do their job: Unless you are a licensed medical professional, do not attempt to provide medical treatment to anybody injured at the scene. Contact the police by calling 911 immediately. Stay out of the way of authorities handling the affairs of the accident.
Have your insurance information ready for the police: The other driver may want to immediately exchange insurance information. Unless it is a parking lot fender-bender, do not exchange insurance information directly with the other driver. It is not required to present your insurance information to anybody but the police.
Invoke your right to an attorney: If the police are charging you with a violation at the scene or at the police station, invoke your right to an attorney immediately. Even if it is only a traffic violation, it will be important to have an attorney protecting your rights.
Contact a Michigan Personal Injury Lawyer
Contact an experienced personal injury attorney : Even if you think you are not injured, or think you may have been partially at fault, it pays to discuss your accident with a personal injury attorney. There are often avenues for insurance benefits and money damages that are not readily apparent at the scene.