Take The Right Steps After A Crash

Being involved in a motor vehicle accident can be a scary experience. You may be shocked and rattled by the incident, but it is important to be proactive both at the scene and after the accident to ensure safety and help with recovery efforts. The Law Office of Anthony Gurvis assists individuals and families in the Columbus area when they face car accidents.

What To Do After A Motor Vehicle Accident

You will want to take steps while at the scene of the accident to properly move forward after a crash.

While on the scene, you should:

  • Stay put: Never leave the scene of an accident prematurely, even if the other driver does. You want to stay on site and make a report.
  • Make safety a priority: If possible, move the vehicles and all occupants off the road. If you have a safety kit, you can set up cones or reflectors to warn oncoming traffic.
  • Make important calls: Call a personal injury lawyer and the police. The attorney will advise you on how to speak to the police and the other party involved in the wreck. The police will make a report of the accident.
  • Exchange information: Give the other party your insurance information, name and contact number. You may also provide the name of your attorney at this time.
  • Seek medical attention: Seek medical attention regardless of the severity of the accident. Injuries may not be apparent right away. Request notes from your medical professionals and document all visits, associated costs and care options.

After The Accident

  • Keep medical records: Keep a file of medical records with detailed doctor's notes, appointment lists and treatment options.
  • Make a file of bills and expenses: Document your medical bills and all expenses that are a result of your accident. This may include property damage, renovation needs and therapy treatments.
  • Record all correspondence: Always take down the name and contact information for the doctors, insurance company representatives, opposing party and legal counsel you speak with. If the correspondence is not in writing, make a brief note of the subject of conversation and time stamp the note.
  • Make sure your lawyer is in the loop. Insurance companies often lowball victims. Keep your attorney notified of all correspondence with the insurance company or other party. Make sure your lawyer is up to date on your needs and recovery efforts.

Accidents are often traumatic and sometimes life-changing. Reaching out to an attorney who has your best interests in mind — getting you the maximum compensation possible in your case — can make all the difference.

Don't Fight Alone; Count On Us

If you or a loved one has been in an accident, contact our office to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer you can trust. Call us at 614-961-4022 to set up a free consultation. We assist accident victims throughout Ohio.