Act Fast: Speak to an Attorney Immediately after a Car Accident

Car Accident

You’ve been in a car accident—now what? It’s a disorienting experience, but keeping your wits about you and contacting an attorney will help you stay grounded. Below are some of the most important steps you can take after you’ve been in a car crash:

Consult with Medical Professionals 

The first step after any crash is to call 911. Even if it seems like no one has been hurt, it’s best to have medical professionals make that determination. One of the most common injuries after a crash is a concussion, and its symptoms might not be immediately apparent to the untrained eye. Waiting to pursue treatment can worsen some injuries or affect whether they are considered crash-related for liability purposes.

Calling 911 will also trigger the arrival of police so that you can file a police report. A police report will offer an objective analysis of what happened—useful not only for insurance purposes, but also if you decide to file a personal injury claim.

Consult with an Attorney 

Your next thought should be toward calling an attorney. One of the professionals at Pinder Plotkin can help you make sense of everything you need to do after a car accident and decide what your best course of action is.

You do need to call your insurance company, and the other driver’s insurance company will likely call you. Speaking to an attorney before talking with any insurance personnel can help you avoid saying something that might negatively affect the outcome of your claim. Some people assume that insurance will simply take care of everything, but insurance companies don’t always have your best interests in mind. They are, after all, businesses, and they will be looking for ways to protect their bottom line. This is not to say that most insurance companies are trying to cheat you, but an attorney can make sure you’re not settling for less than you deserve. Not every crash will result in a lawsuit, but a lawyer is the best person to help you determine if your situation warrants a personal injury case.

Document the Scene  

Exchange car insurance information with the other driver, but be careful not to admit fault or make statements accepting blame for the accident. In fact, it’s usually best not to discuss the details of the crash with the other driver at all, since you might unintentionally reveal details that could be used against you later.

It’s also important to take notes and even pictures or video of the scene as long as you’re safely able to do so. While the adrenaline is flowing from the crash, it may seem like the details are engraved in your mind; however, people’s memories tend to fade quickly. This is another great reason to consult with an attorney: a lawyer knows what to look for and what questions to ask to make sure to have all the right information.

In addition to recording the scene, you’ll also need to make notes of any injuries and medical diagnoses. It’s important to keep detailed records of all costs and bills, such as bills for your vehicle repairs, records related to medical diagnoses, the cost of lost wages related to your injuries, and more. 

File Your Claim

Your attorney can help you get a fair settlement from the insurance company and can also help determine if you have grounds for a personal injury case. It may not seem pressing to consider this right away, but there are statutes of limitations for filing these cases, and you could forfeit your right to pursue a case at all if you wait too long to file. Insurance companies aren’t known for acting quickly, so if you wait to see what they offer you, you may run out of time.

Between your health and the damage to your property, there’s a lot to keep track of after a car accident. An attorney from Pinder Plotkin can help you keep it all organized so you can get back to your life as quickly as possible. For personal injury claims, our contingent fee policy ensures that you will not pay a dime for fees or expenses unless we achieve a financial recovery for you. Please call us today at (410) 661-9440 or fill out our online contact form to receive a free consultation regarding your case.

The information provided in this website/blog is provided for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as legal advice on any subject.


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18 comments on “Act Fast: Speak to an Attorney Immediately after a Car Accident

  1. It makes sense that to decide whether a case is warranted, you should talk to a lawyer because they’re experts. Yesterday I was in an accident on my way home from work. I’ll have to find an auto accident attorney.

  2. It’s interesting that you shouldn’t talk to the other driver at all in case you end up saying something that’ll ruin your case. It would be very tempting to get out and apologize to the other driver (or maybe yell if it was their fault). It’s good to know that I should probably avoid contact with the other person altogether.

  3. My uncle had an accident while driving home and he is not a very patient person. I like how you mention an attorney can give you advice to help you avoid saying something that might affect the outcome of your claim. Thank you for the advice. I’ll recommend my uncle to search for an attorney for advice before he says anything he will regret.

  4. I’m glad you spoke about contacting an attorney before contacting the insurance company to avoid saying something that will affect the claim. My mom called me earlier today stating someone hit her car and the driver decided no to cooperate. I’ll suggets her calling a lawyer so they can help with the case.

  5. Thank you for reminding me to consult with an attorney right after consulting with a medical professional in the case of a car accident occurring. My sister-in-law was recently in a car accident where both parties were at fault in the accident. She did seek medical attention. I’ll recommend that she find a lawyer right away.

  6. Ashley says:

    I liked that you said that one thing to consider after getting in a car accident is to speak to your private attorney before calling your insurance company in order to avoid saying something that would negatively affect your claim. I have been thinking about trying to represent myself instead of getting an attorney after my car accident but I am now worried that I will end up saying the wrong thing and costing myself money. I will be sure to consider hiring an attorney so that the stages of the process are handled correctly and that I won’t end up making the wrong move.

  7. Kit Hannigan says:

    Thanks for pointing out how a car accident lawyer will be able to tell you if your current situation merits a personal injury case. My uncle is still in the hospital after getting in a highway collision. He admits to some degree of fault in the accident, and the other driver feels the same so deciding on the issue can be a bit complicated. I will be sure to advise him that hiring a car accident attorney will help him get a professional perspective into things and help him decide if he needs to pursue a claim.

  8. Thank you for pointing out that if I consulted a lawyer before contacting the insurance company will help me avoid saying something that can adversely affect my claim. If that is the case, then my decision to not reach out to my insurance company yet was right. Since I want to get the best settlement out of the case, I will be sure to hire a lawyer first. And if possible, I will hire one who is willing to take the case to trial.

  9. My brother collided with another vehicle last night and was gravely injured. It was explained here that it will be best to consult with medical professionals right away and ask the expertise of a lawyer to know the best course of action. Moreover, it’s recommended to hire an experienced car accident lawyer for the best outcome.

  10. Deb Pearl says:

    My cousin recently got into a car accident, and they don’t know what to do. Thank you for all the tips and information about what they can do. I’m glad you mentioned after seeing a doctor that they should consider calling an attorney. I’m glad that they can help her decide what her best course of action would be.

  11. I appreciate your comment about how important it is to quickly speak with an attorney after a car accident to make sure that you don’t say anything that could affect your claim in a negative way. I didn’t know that having a lawyer is the best way to know if you should fire an injury case. If someone were considering looking into auto accident attorneys, I would assume that they would consider these tips.

  12. Marcus Coons says:

    It really helped when you talked about how speaking with an attorney after a car accident can help you start the company claim properly and avoid doing something that could jeopardize it. I can see that doing this can also help you focus on healing and leave the stressful paperworg=k to a professional. Personally, I would want to make sure I find the best attorney I can before an accident so I don;t have to stress out about finding someone suitable for my case.

  13. Schiffrinpa says:

    Very true…
    Try to take advice from an attorney for better results. Thank you for sharing the informative post. The steps shared above are very helpful.

  14. Schiffrinpa says:

    Very useful post!!!
    The ideas about hiring an attorney has explained very well. This above blog has explained us why it is important to hire an attorney after any personal injury matters. Thank you for sharing an informative post.

  15. John Mahoney says:

    I loved when you said that consulting with your attorney after a car accident can help you avoid saying something to your insurance that can affect the outcome of the claim. It makes sense that taking the time to find an attorney you can trust and who has experience with cases like yours can help you get the result you need. My sister got into a car accident yesterday so I’m glad I found your post.

  16. Recently, my sister was involved in a car crash. We are considering whether or not an attorney would be beneficial to her case. As you mentioned, talking to a lawyer before consulting with your insurance is a good way to avoid saying anything that could negatively impact your claim. We will make sure to share this information with our sister and help her find an attorney soon.

  17. I didn’t realize how important it is to make sure that you say all of the right things to get a good insurance claim after a car accident. I agree that lawyers can help you to know what to do in almost every legal situation. Because of that, I think that it would be a good idea to research and contract a lawyer for all of your legal needs.

  18. Derek Mcdoogle says:

    My friend was recently involved in a car accident and wants to get the process started but doesn’t really know where to start. You mentioned that speaking to an attorney before talking with any insurance personnel can help you avoid saying something that might negatively affect the outcome of your claim. Do most attorneys speak to the insurance companies for their clients? Hiring an attorney seems like a good first step.