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After an accident, do you know what to do to protect yourself?

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A car accident can be overwhelming, confusing and lead to substantial financial losses for the victim and his or her South Carolina family. If your accident was the result of the reckless or negligent actions of another person, you could have grounds for a civil claim against the liable party or parties. As an accident victim, you would be wise to know what to do after an accident to protect your interests.

The steps you take in the days and weeks after an accident can have a direct impact on your recovery and the success of your civil claim. Fortunately, there are simple things you can do to build a strong case. These things can help preserve important evidence and give yourself a better chance of successfully obtaining the financial compensation you deserve. 

Helpful hints after an accident

In the immediate aftermath of an accident, emotions can drive your decision-making and you may be tempted to make choices that are not in your best interests. It is beneficial to be practical, smart and thoughtful as you proceed. In the minutes after a crash, it can be beneficial to do the following things:

  • Speak with others involved in the accident and determine if anyone needs emergency medical care.
  • Take pictures of the accident scene and any damage to your personal property.
  • Get contact information from others involved with the accident and individuals who witnessed it.

These are practical steps that help you lay the groundwork for a strong civil claim. In the days and weeks following a crash, you may find it beneficial to do the following things:

  • Keep track of any medical expenses you accumulate.
  • Seek help when dealing with insurance companies or representatives.
  • Be wary of any settlement offers that come from insurance representatives or other involved parties. 

Many accident victims find it helpful to seek experienced guidance as they traverse the aftermath of a serious car accident and the personal injury claims process. 

Initiating the personal injury claims process

If you believe you may have grounds to move forward with a personal injury claim, you have no time to lose in getting help and moving forward with the appropriate course of action. The moments, days and weeks after a serious crash can be daunting, as can the civil claims process, but you do not have to navigate these important matters alone. You have the right to seek guidance and get a complete explanation of your legal options.

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