There were 155,907 car crashes in Alabama in 2016. Of those crashes, 47,653 involved injuries. That means that one person is injured every 11 minutes in an Alabama car crash. Severe injuries in an auto accident can result in permanent disability, death, or require expensive ongoing medical treatment and physical therapy. If your spouse is severely injured in a car accident, it can be life altering for everyone in your family and difficult to know where to turn.
After an accident, it can be important to document the accident details and any witness observations as quickly as possible.
What you should do immediately following an accident:
Contact the police.
You should contact the police where the accident occurred and ask for the police report and any witness statements. Memories of the details of an accident will fade quickly for your spouse and any observers. So, if your spouse is able, he should record his memories of the accident as soon as possible, including the time of day, weather conditions, and road conditions or obstacles.
If you are able, take photographs of the scene of the accident, including the crash site and the vehicles.
Call your insurance company.
You should call your insurance company as soon as possible after the accident, regardless of fault. In some cases, if you do not, your insurance company may deny coverage. But if the other driver’s insurance company is slow to accept fault, your insurance company can also help with the replacement or repair of your vehicle and seek reimbursement from the other insurance company. You won’t want to take on that financial burden if you don’t have to do so.
Document injuries and bills.
Be sure to document all of your spouse’s injuries and medical bills, including ambulance and emergency care costs, ongoing medical care, prescriptions, medical devices, and physical therapy.
Contact an attorney.
Contact an experienced Alabama auto accident attorney as soon as possible. The skilled attorneys at the Petro Accident & Injury Attorneys can ensure that your case is well documented, handle insurance negotiations, and maximize your financial recovery.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident, let the skilled attorneys at Petro Accident & Injury Attorneys help. Contact us now for a free consultation at (256) 533-5000.