Car accidents are scary, confusing, and can lead to injuries and trauma, including long-term physical and emotional issues. If you’re in an auto accident, it can be hard to know what to do or where to turn after the fact. Take a look at some things you should do and some things you shouldn’t do after an accident.

#1 Do: Seek Medical Attention

The first and most important thing you can do after a car accident is to seek medical attention. Your health and well-being are the top priority. Don’t ignore injuries. Even minor aches or pains can be something serious. Seeing a doctor is also critical to filing an appropriate claim with your insurance provider and having proof of injury.

#2 Do: Contact an Attorney

The sooner you can seek legal counsel after an accident, the better. They’ll need evidence for your case and gathering it immediately after the accident helps to preserve it. Photographs, videos, witness accounts, and insurance information are vital to any personal injury case.

#1 Don’t: Take a Low-Ball Offer

Your insurance company, or the insurance company of the responsible party in the accident, is going to try to low-ball a settlement. Don’t assume their first offer is their best offer. Working with an attorney can ensure you’re getting what you deserve.

#2 Don’t: Publish Information About the Accident

The “anything you say can and will be used against you” credo is true. So, don’t post on social media or talk to your friends and coworkers about details of the accident and your lawsuit. You don’t want anyone to twist what you say or take it out of context and use it against you during your case.

Our attorneys know how to proceed through any car accident case. Our goal is to protect your interests and get the best results from your case. One of the first things you should do after a car accident is to contact the team at Cavanaugh & Thickens.