What Should I Do After A Car Accident In Indiana?

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One of the things that people need to know about driving in Indiana is that a huge number of motorists don’t have insurance or only have the state minimum. Unfortunately, this means that the insurance company that should be taking care of the driver ends up being the enemy in the case. The driver thinks the company will do well by them, but that’s not the case. 

You need to understand that as soon as an insurance company finds out there has been an injury, they are already doing the work to protect their interests. They will work to pay as little as possible and will do what they need to do to protect their bottom line. This means lining up doctors, getting your medical history and looking for any reason to disassociate your injury from the accident. 

Take Steps To Preserve Your Rights And Protect Your Well-Being 

It is important that you act quickly in order to ensure your best chance at a positive outcome. 

1. Seek medical treatment

Make sure you have yourself assessed by a medical professional. When talking to medical staff, tell them exactly how you are feeling from head to toe. This includes paramedics, emergency room personnel and any medical staff you see after the accident. If you are injured and taken to an ER not close to home, make sure to have a follow-up appointment with your local doctor. ER staff are there to make sure that you don’t die and determine if you should be admitted to a hospital right away. It is your local doctor whom you need to see to ensure that you receive proper follow-up care. If ANYONE contacts you after you’ve been in a crash — lawyer, doctor, chiropractor etc.— those are likely the people you should stay away from. See your family doctor first. They have your best interests in mind. 

2. Document the scene and preserve evidence

 Document the injuries the day of and every day after. Take photographs of your injuries and write down all symptoms. Always tell the doctors all the problems you are having, regardless of the type of doctor. For example, if you are going to an orthopedic doctor for your knee, go ahead and tell them about all pain and symptoms you are experiencing anywhere on your body. 

3. Speak with an attorney, and file a claim

Oftentimes, in order to gather the right evidence, it is important to get a lawsuit on file as soon as possible. This allows your lawyer to subpoena documents and review all physical evidence that was collected by various parties. A great law firm will send an accident reconstructionist on the scene right away. They would also talk to witnesses and police officers. They can then gather the evidence they need so evidence doesn’t get lost, altered or disappear. 

4. Avoid social media 

Whatever you do, do not talk about the crash on social media. This is usually a mistake. An investigator can twist what you say. You are better off not saying anything about a crash on social media and frankly not having any posts that show you on social media. This is a bad way to document things and does not help your case.

Disclaimer: The answer is intended to be for informational purposes only. It should not be relied on as legal advice, nor construed as a form of attorney-client relationship.

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