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Top concerns after a car accident

If you were in a car accident, you probably have a lot to worry about. You may face immediate problems such as serious injuries and a totaled car. In the long term, you may continue to experience health and financial issues for a long time as a result of the crash.

Understanding some major issues and how to handle them can help you avoid common mistakes. Once you take appropriate action immediately after the crash, begin developing your plan for handling medical and financial concerns going forward.

Taking care of your health

Your health should take top priority for you. If you suffer a traumatic injury, first responders may take you to the emergency room from the scene. In some cases, crash victims may not initially note any injury. Avoid telling police officers, the other driver or anyone else that you are fine. Some injuries do not make themselves known immediately, and you may not yet be aware of the extent of the accident's impact on your health. Whether or not you receive emergency care, be sure to see a physician shortly after the accident and get a thorough checkup. Be sure to watch for any changes in your mental or physical health and mention them to your doctor, even if they do not seem serious to you.

Dealing with insurance companies

You will also need to notify your insurer as well as the other driver's company. Do avoid making statements to insurance representatives or investigators before consulting your attorney. Sometimes, especially when a commercial vehicle is involved, insurers may contact you to arrange a settlement. Avoid entering into these discussions or agreeing to anything. Insurance companies typically want to save money by paying you the least amount they can get you to take. Any offer you get in the beginning of the case is not likely to be fair to you. An experienced attorney can advise you as to the likely value of your case and what kind of recovery may be available.

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