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Car accidents are extremely traumatic events, especially if you’ve been injured. As a result of a crash, you might feel physical pain, be unable to work, and require extensive medical treatment. Bills pile up, and insurers are asking questions. In the days and weeks following your accident, you can quickly find yourself overwhelmed and asking yourself, “what should I do after a car accident?”

If you’ve been injured in a crash that was not your fault, car accident lawyer David I. Fuchs can help you get your life back on track. With decades of experience representing victims of collisions in Fort Lauderdale, attorney Fuchs helps clients navigate the insurance claim process. If necessary, he will go to court and fight for you to receive the compensation you deserve.

To schedule a free case consultation of your case, contact the Law Offices of David I. Fuchs at (954) 568-3636.

Call 911

The first thing you should do following a car accident is call 911. This may seem obvious, but victims who have been in a collision are sometimes disoriented, confused, and unsure of what to do first. If you or the other driver incurred injuries, the best thing you can do is to get emergency personnel on the scene right away. The sooner they can begin providing treatment, the better.

Additionally, emergency responders can reroute traffic to ensure everyone’s safety. They can also assess the situation and address any obvious hazards, such as spilled fuel. Finally, the police can prepare a report that details what happened, who was present, and other facts that may later be critical to your claim.

Seek Medical Attention

Your most valuable asset is your health, so your first priority after a car crash should be to take care of yourself. Even though modern safety features have greatly reduced the number and severity of injuries, car accidents can still result in serious injuries that can cause life-long health problems. Some injuries may be immediately obvious and will require you to go to the emergency room.

However, many other injuries aren’t apparent right away. Some conditions can take days, weeks, or months to manifest themselves. Because of this, you should listen to your body. If something doesn’t feel right, get checked out even if you felt okay immediately after the accident. Some common symptoms and injuries that tend to develop after an accident include:

  • Headaches
  • Back pain
  • Tingling or loss of feeling in your extremities
  • Blurred vision
  • Clouded thinking, confusion
  • Memory loss
  • Abdominal pain or swelling
  • PTSD, depression, and anxiety
  • Concussions
  • Whiplash
  • Internal hemorrhaging

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms or injuries, see your doctor as soon as possible. They may get worse over time and lead to other serious health problems.

Follow Your Doctor’s Orders

After seeing your doctor, it’s important that you follow their instructions. It can be difficult to put your life on hold – your job, your family, and your friends all depend on you. Your doctor knows what you need to recover. If they recommend that you stay home and in bed for a few days, resist the temptation to go on with your day-to-day life as if nothing happened. Not only will it delay your recovery, but it could even lead to further injuries.

Obtain Witness Statements

Getting detailed statements from the witnesses to your accident is important in the event that you have to pursue a claim against the other driver. Since they weren’t involved, their statements will be considered unbiased and objective. In addition, their recounting of the accident may help confirm and clarify important facts, and also establish who was responsible for the crash.

Document the Accident

At some point, you may need to reconstruct what happened, which gets more and more difficult as time goes by. In addition to witness statements, a recorded, detailed account of what happened can be invaluable if you have to navigate the claims process. You want to gather as much documentation as possible. Make sure you:

  • Take pictures. Photograph the scene of the accident, your injuries, and the damage to your vehicle. Try to get pictures from multiple angles and pay particular attention to the lighting.
  • Obtain a copy of the police report. Ensure that this report accurately reflects all the details of your accident.
  • Write down your own experience. Your memory can become unreliable over time. Write down as much detail as you can about the crash, with a particular focus on details such as your direction of travel and speed; the date, time, and location of the accident; and the weather and road conditions.

Document Your Injuries and Other Losses

Car accidents can be expensive, even if you have auto and health insurance. As a result, it’s important to carefully track all of your expenses related to the accident:

  • Your medical bills, especially any out-of-pocket costs
  • Car Repair bills
  • Lost wages
  • Transportation costs

In addition, keep a daily journal of how your recovery is progressing and how you’re feeling. Jot down things like how much pain you’re in, how your injuries are affecting your sleep, activities that you can no longer perform, and other challenges that have arisen due to your accident.

Contact An Experienced Attorney

Attorney David I. Fuchs believes that injured victims should not have to navigate the insurance claims process alone. As a result, he provides clients with dedicated legal help every step of the way – from coordinating treatment, to talking the insurance companies, to negotiating for the compensation you are entitled to. If you’ve been injured in a car accident that was someone else’s fault, call the Law Offices of David I. Fuchs at (954) 568-3636, or reach out through the online form to schedule a free evaluation of your case.

If you cannot come to the Fort Lauderdale office, accident attorney David I. Fuchs will send a representative to see you. His staff speaks English and Spanish. Se habla Inglés y Español.

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