Are You Taking The Right Steps After A Crash?

Even though hundreds — if not thousands — of motor vehicle accidents happen every day across the nation, few people are prepared to deal with the overwhelming aftermath of a crash. There is a lot to think about: What do I do? Who do I talk to? How bad are my injuries? Will I miss work? Who's going to pay for all of this?

A motor vehicle crash can make you feel like your world has been turned upside down. That's why, for more than 40 years, our attorneys have dedicated their careers to helping accident victims take the right steps after a crash so they can get their lives back.

Even though the lawyers at Drivon, Turner & Waters, PLC, have never worked for insurance companies, we know how they operate and what they expect to see in a valid claim. When you work one on one with a lawyer from our firm, we make sure you're taking the correct, proactive steps with your claim and that you are kept informed about its progress.

Proactive Steps We Encourage You To Take After A Crash

Here are just a few simple steps we instruct our clients to take following a crash:

  1. Thoroughly document the crash. Take pictures with your cellphone, talk to witnesses and write down anything you can remember about the crash.
  2. Contact police and speak directly with them. Contacting police right away after an accident can help you document the crash as well as establish a timeline for the insurance company. Make sure to tell police your side of the story, including every detail you remember, regardless of how insignificant it may seem.
  3. Seek medical attention if you're hurt. Seeking medical attention for injuries right away will also help document what happened in the accident. Insurance providers will look for this information and will use it to make a decision on your case.
  4. Get insurance information from all involved parties. Whether you were involved in a two-vehicle crash or a multivehicle collision, collect insurance information from everyone involved. In some cases, another driver's insurance may cover the damages to your vehicle or multiple policies may cover the damage and your injuries.
  5. Get a copy of the police report. While this is mainly for your records, having a copy of the police report can help, especially if the insurance company is claiming something didn't happen and the police report says otherwise.
  6. Don't talk to an adjuster before speaking with a lawyer. Insurance adjusters are usually looking out for the company's best interests, not yours, which is why you should always talk to an attorney before you speak to an adjuster.

Contact Our Firm For Further Assistance

You don't have to face the aftermath of a crash on your own. We can assist you every step of the way, even handling negotiations with the insurance company. Schedule a free initial consultation today by contacting our Stockton, California, office at 209-800-8971 or through our online contact form.