5 Important tips after a Car Accident

Getting into a car accident can be one of the scariest moments of your life. If you live in Nova Scotia, car accidents are frequently a combination of bad weather and poor judgement. What happens in a span of a few seconds can result in a lifetime of consequences. Whether you suffer from minor injuries like scrapes and bruises or major ones like head trauma or a broken limb, you deserve to get the financial support you need to cover your medical bills and to compensate you for your pain and suffering. If you decide to pursue legal action following a collision, it’s essential that you handle the accident correctly. If you’re involved in a motor vehicle collision, here are five important things to remember:

#1: Don’t Apologize
As Canadians, we tend to say we’re sorry for things that aren’t our fault. It’s the polite and cordial thing to do. But if you apologize to the driver after a car accident, it could end up hurting you in the long run. Apologizing to the other person—even if they were clearly in the wrong—can be later misconstrued as admitting fault. Do not apologize or say anything that can also seem like you’re implicating yourself. A good rule of thumb is to say as little as possible. Keep the conversation to a minimum and only exchange necessary insurance information.

#2: Take Pictures of the Accident as Soon as Possible
If it’s safe to do so, take pictures of the scene as soon as you can. Make sure the photos are in focus and that you get as many angles as possible. This will help you recount the scene later with your insurance company and to corroborate your version of the accident if you decide to consult with a personal injury lawyer. If you can, take notes describing the scene as well. 

#3: Go to the Doctor
This is not only for your safety, but for the purposes of a personal injury claim. The symptoms of physical trauma may show up hours, even days, after the accident, so even if you feel fine, it’s advisable to speak to a doctor just to be sure. The most common injuries sustained from car accidents include:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Spinal cord injury
- Whiplash; concussion
- Broken limbs
- Contusions, bruising

If you feel tired, dizzy, confused, and suffer from a major headache, visit a doctor immediately. 

#4: Contact Your Insurance Provider
If you’re involved in an accident, cooperating with your insurance provider will only be to your benefit. That means telling your insurance company everything they ask for, leaving nothing out, and taking your car to a repair shop of their choosing. The more open you are about the accident, the more you will prove that there are no details you wish to hide. This can increase your chances of a favourable outcome from a small injury claim. 

#5: Speak to a Personal Injury Lawyer
You may have been in a few fender benders in your life before, but if you’re even considering hiring a lawyer, there’s a chance this particular car accident has put you through a lot of emotional, physical, and financial stress. Sometimes you have no choice but to sue the other driver if it means getting the financial support you need to cover your medical expenses. If you want more questions about how to proceed with a car accident lawsuit, contact MacGillivray Injury and Insurance Law, your Halifax car accident lawyer. If you’ve recently been in an accident, we understand the difficulties you must be facing. Let us help you move on with your life and get the support you need.  

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