How to Protect Your Rights after an Accident

Accidents happen quickly and when they do you may be injured or simply in a state of shock. However, the statements you make and the actions you take after an accident could impact how the case is handled.  Therefore, it is important to learn how to protect your rights after an accident.

Seek Medical Attention As Soon As Possible

One of the most important things to do after an accident is to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Many times an injury may not be immediately apparent.  It is essential that you get checked out by a doctor, even if you are not sure you are hurt. Be sure to keep all medical records and statements from medical treatment that was obtained as a result of the accident.

Be Careful When Giving Statements

Accidents happen quickly and emotions are certainly running high. You must be careful with any statements that you make, even in passing. For example, simply expressing that you are sorry for the accident could be misconstrued as an admission of guilt. The police, insurance company, and others will try to determine exactly how the accident occurred. You must supply only truthful statements so that proper evaluation can be made.

Take Photos and Keep Notes

If it is safe to do so it is helpful to take some photos of the accident scene while the vehicles are still in the same position. This will help to show exactly how the impact occurred which will prove helpful later. As soon as you can, write down everything you recall about the accident. Your memory of some of the details of the incident may fade over time so notes will help you recall the important facts of the crash.

Speak with a Qualified Personal Injury Attorney

After an accident with serious injuries there are many expenses and medical costs that are incurred. The negligent party should be responsible for paying for these expenditures. Damages may include such things as medical bills, rehabilitation or therapy costs, lost wages, and money for pain and suffering. You may need to get help from a skilled personal injury attorney to get the compensation you deserve. Call the experienced legal team at Udall Shumway PLC for a consultation today.


This blog should be used for informational purposes only. It does not create an attorney-client relationship with any reader and should not be construed as legal advice. If you or someone you know wishes to seek the help of an experienced personal injury attorney regarding Your Rights After an Accident, or other personal injury matters, call 480.461.5300. Udall Shumway PLC is located in Mesa, Arizona and is a full service law firm. We assist Individuals, families, businesses, schools and municipalities in Mesa and the Phoenix/East Valley.