You got hit in a car accident in Georgia, and it seems like sorting out the aftermath of car accidents gets really complicated really quickly. The “fault” system for determining liability and the usual confusion and hassle following an accident can make it difficult to know where to start on getting the care and compensation you need. In this post, we want to give you some simple first steps to follow if you get hit in a wreck.
What do you need to do when you get hit?
Priorities at the Scene of the Accident
Do not admit any sort of responsibility!
Even a simple “I’m sorry” can later be used against you as an admission of fault.
Make sure that all urgent medical needs are being met.
Take a minute to determine if EMS needs to be called to take care of injuries received in the wreck.
Call law enforcement.
Completing a police report is a valuable step for moving forward with insurance claims. Even if, for some reason, law enforcement does not come to the scene of the accident, you can fill out an accident report online.
Take pictures from all angles. Note the time of day, the weather conditions, the flow of traffic, the presence of any witnesses, and specific comments and conversations that occur. If you can’t capture all of this information immediately while you are at the scene of the accident, make sure you record the details as soon as possible after the accident while everything is still fresh in your mind.
Exchange insurance information with the other driver.
Since Georgia subscribes to a “fault” system on liability and insurance matters, you have the option of filling a claim with your insurance company, the other party’s insurance company, or filing a personal injury lawsuit.
If you have further questions about how to file an insurance claim or the whether to file with your company or the other party’s insurer, feel free to give us a call to discuss your best option! We can’t take away the damage or headache, but we can help provide you with clarity and the counsel you need to make it through this unfortunate situation.