Five Steps To Take After An Auto Accident in Georgia
The Five Steps Georgia Personal Injury Lawyers Want You To Take After An Accident
Any accident that causes personal injuries is a frightening event. Our attorneys offer various suggestions on how to proceed after an accident, as well as what you can do to protect yourself and your family. The following advice may apply in some circumstances but not in others. However, the ideas discussed have a universal theme throughout and can be amended to apply in almost every situation. In many cases, your instincts will take over, and panic will set in. That is perfectly normal. This article is not designed to persuade you to override your instincts. Instead, we want to give you some things to think about if you experience an accident.
The immediate aftermath of any accident is typically chaotic. The first thing you will want do is take stock of whether you and the occupants of your vehicle have any injuries. Check yourself first. Your inclination might be to check others first, especially if you are traveling with loved ones, but do not. The reason is simple: you might be hurt but not know it because you are so concerned about someone else. Take a second to examine how you feel, then try to help anyone else who might need assistance. Seek medical attention if you feel like there is something wrong. You could have internal damage or other injuries even if you think you are only a "little banged up."
Report the accident. Georgia state law requires people to report car accidents if someone was hurt. However, our advice is not limited to car crashes. You should report any incident to the store manager if you slip and fall in a supermarket, store, restaurant or other place of business. Additionally, you must report a work-related incident and injury within thirty(30) days to a superior or another designee if you are hurt on the job and could require medical attention.
Do your best to remember how the situation felt. Your memories will be important at the scene. Recalling the situation accurately will help you report the incident to police or other authorities. That is important because what you tell police or reporting authority will become part of an official record of what transpired. Perhaps more importantly, what you tell the people who respond to your accident might need the information you give to prevent another incident from happening. Additionally, those memories will be important later on if you have to retell your story. Remembering the feelings you have may help you retain an accurate memory of the circumstances surrounding your accident.
Try to stay calm. This advice works hand-in-hand with step three. You cannot tell people what happened if you are screaming and yelling. Keeping your wits about you will help you give people accurate information. That does not mean you cannot be upset. Getting upset is a natural response to a traumatic situation, but getting overly angry or aggressive can be detrimental to your potential claim and should be avoided.
Contact an experienced Georgia personal injury attorney Montlick & Associates as soon as practicable after the accident. Our attorneys will advise you on your legal rights as well as what steps can be taken to protect those rights.
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