1. Call 911
2. Assess your injuries and your need for medical attention
Soft-tissue injuries may not become apparent for several hours or even overnight as an adrenaline burst, the body’s natural reaction to trauma, can mask symptoms resulting from the injury. Damage to the delicate tissues of the spinal cord (neck and back) may not be perceived for hours, days or even weeks as the fluid from a torn or ruptured, inter-vertebral disk slowly leaks from the tear. As this spinal fluid drains, the disk may gradually collapse and create a bulge. A herniated, bulging disk in the lower back, for example, may create pressure upon a nerve root running through the spinal canal that can affect the leg, foot and toes. Generally speaking, our attorneys recommend that you visit a hospital immediately following a collision. If the hospital doctor recommends you follow-up with your primary care physician, do so as soon as possible.
3. Obtain information from other drivers involved in the accident
i.e. name, address, phone number, insurance company, policy number, license plate, car description, etc. and talk to witnesses. If you are unable to do this, the investigating officer will file the pertinent information with the accident report.
4. DO NOT DISCUSS FAULT WITH ANYONE.
5. Take photographs and keep a diary of your recovery.
6. Talk to a lawyer immediately after an accident.
When an accident has occurred, Indiana law requires a Certificate of Compliance
(COC) verifying financial responsibility be filed with the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles. Your insurance company will file this form on your behalf when they have been notified of the accident. Therefore, you must notify your insurance company that you were involved in an accident but DO NOT DISCUSS FAULT WITH YOUR INSURANCE COMPANY.
Refer your insurance company to your lawyer.
7. Immediately suspend all posting on social media including, but not limited to Facebook and Twitter.
Social media activity has been deemed discoverable by the Courts. Posts taken out of context can reflect negatively upon your case. Under no circumstances should you attempt to remove any posts published after the accident.