At Tiano O’Dell, we understand that being involved in a car crash can be a life-altering event. In the aftermath of such an incident, it’s normal to feel overwhelmed and unsure of what steps to take next. That’s why we’re here to help.

In this article, we’ll outline the crucial actions you should take immediately following a car crash to protect yourself, your rights, and your future. From ensuring everyone’s safety to gathering essential evidence, our goal is to empower you with the knowledge you need to make informed decisions during this challenging time.

First things first: prioritize your safety and the safety of others involved.

    1. Check for injuries and immediately call 911.

      It is essential to speak directly with the investigating police officer to share your account of the accident. Make note of any injuries sustained in the crash; details are very important.

    2. Document the accident scene.

      Snap photos of the vehicles involved, any visible injuries, and the surrounding area. Videos are another helpful way of documenting the scene of the accident and may capture smaller details that may have been missed in photos.

      Also be sure to exchange contact and insurance information with the other driver(s), and if possible, gather contact information from witnesses.

    3. It’s crucial to seek medical attention, even if you feel fine.

      In a traumatic situation, your body goes into survival mode and it’s nearly impossible to judge if you’ve been seriously injured if there aren’t any visible wounds. And, some injuries might not show up right away, so a medical professional can evaluate your condition and provide necessary treatment.

      After seeking medical help, it is essential to obtain qualified and aggressive legal representation from highly experienced and successful West Virginia Personal Injury Attorneys, especially if the accident was caused by someone else’s negligence.

    4. Don’t speak with any insurance company until after you’ve spoken with an attorney.

      Unfortunately, insurance representatives are trained to pay victims the minimum amount on the claim you submit. Speak with your attorney first, and allow them to communicate with the insurance company– it’s part of their job!

      The Tiano O’Dell Law Firm is there to help you navigate the legal process and ensure you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries and damages.

Final Thoughts

Time is of the essence: a victim of negligence seeking to file a lawsuit must do so within two years from the date of injury according to West Virginia’s personal injury statute of limitations. Otherwise, the victim will be unable to receive compensation for any losses. However, it is important to have a lawyer much earlier to preserve and gather evidence and ensure that certain insurance coverages are preserved and your case/claim is asserted properly.

Visit the Tiano O’Dell website for more information about auto accidents and how their team can best serve a victim in this unfortunate situation. Education is key.

Accidents happen, but knowing what to do afterward can make a world of difference. Remember to prioritize your safety, document the scene, seek medical attention, and consider seeking legal help from Tiano O’Dell.