First Steps After A Car Accident

Your actions in the immediate moments, hours and days after a car accident can make a great difference in the outcome of your injury or wrongful death claim. If you have reached this web page soon after a car crash in North Carolina or a nearby state, we urge you to give your first priority to the safety and well-being of any injured drivers or passengers. If an injured person needs medical care, prompt treatment can make a great difference in his or her ultimate degree of physical healing and recovery.

Prompt medical evaluation, treatment and care can also make a significant difference in the legal aspects of your case. This is true in many cases because insurance claims adjusters, judges and juries often want evidence that an injured person did everything he or she could to recover. Putting off medical care after a serious car accident can make it hard to prove that the injured person was making his or her best efforts to get better and return to normal function.

In addition to calling an ambulance and helping ensure the well-being of an accident victim, witnesses and participants in a car or truck accident should call the police and give accurate testimonies to first responders at the scene of the accident.

However, before any detailed investigation begins, it is in your best interest to obtain representation from an attorney. For this reason, we strongly urge you to contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after a car accident. An attorney who is willing to meet you at the scene of the accident or in the hospital is an attorney who cares about getting your case off to a good start.

Other important steps to take after a car accident include the following:

  • Get contact information from any eyewitnesses at the scene
  • Take photos of the crashed car
  • Take photos of the injured person's wounds
  • Request a copy of the police report and check it for accuracy
  • Get legal representation before submitting to detailed questioning by a police investigator or an investigator sent by a car insurance or other insurance company
  • Give your best efforts to therapy and medical treatment designed to help you recover as far as possible
  • Stay in close communication with your attorney over the course of your injury or wrongful death case. Stay aware of expert witnesses who are evaluating your case, and share relevant information with them to help bolster evidence in support of your injury claim

After a Fayetteville Car Wreck, Lawyer Representation Can Make a Great Difference

The Law Offices of Wade E. Byrd can help you and your family pick up the pieces after an auto accident, truck accident or other serious accident. We offer free initial consultations at our law offices, in homes and in hospitals. We handle cases on a contingency basis. We front the costs of expert testimony and only collect attorney fees when and if we win compensation for the injured person or surviving family members.

Contact a North Carolina Car Accident Attorney

Call 910-779-3135 to contact us and discuss your medical malpractice or auto accident case and legal options. We represent clients throughout North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Georgia and Pennsylvania.