The Atlanta metropolitan area is a significantly dangerous area for drivers. Multiple lanes of mixed traffic, extensive highways, and aggressive drivers are some of the reasons for car accidents, trucking accidents, and motorcycle accidents. Atlanta is one of the top cities that have seen more than their fair share of car-related injuries and deaths. Therefore, it’s smart to know a few key steps you should take if you, or a loved one, are involved in a car collision in Atlanta.
If you are involved in a car crash in Atlanta, you may feel overwhelmed or stressed out. In fact, you may not know what to do to initiate an accident claim. However, don’t worry, you can easily handle this situation with a few quick post-accident tips.
First, stay calm and try to relax. Second, do not admit fault for the accident to anyone at the scene of the crash until you have time to assess the particulars of the collision. Even if the crash didn’t result in injuries, death or even damage to property, you should always call the police. Very importantly, gather as much information as you can about the driver of the other vehicle(s) involved in the crash including, but not limited to, the driver’s name, address, and insurance information. Frequently, people involved in accidents (especially if they are at fault for causing the accident) will be reluctant to provide such information.
However, you must insist on getting as much information about the incident as possible. Also, do not forget to take photos of the damage to the property and the scene of the crash. It may also be helpful to take pictures of any surrounding businesses that may potentially have surveillance video of the crash. Then, if need be, proceed to the nearest hospital to get a medical evaluation or treatment for any injuries you might have sustained during the car crash. If you don’t seek medical attention immediately after the crash, it’s important to do so as soon as possible.
Finally, after you’ve completed the steps listed above, you should strongly consider hiring an Atlanta car accident lawyer to help you with your accident claim. However, before hiring an Atlanta personal injury lawyer, it’s very important to do your homework. Check out the Atlanta car accident lawyer’s online performance reviews on Google, Avvo or Yelp. Also, take the time to actually speak with all Atlanta car accident lawyers that you are considering hiring. You can learn a lot about a lawyer within the first five minutes of your conversation.
Accident victims deserve financial recovery from their injuries, property damage, and pain. Experienced Atlanta personal injury lawyers can either settle an injury claim or file a lawsuit on their injury client’s behalf. If you have any questions about the necessary steps to take after being involved in car accident, truck accident or motorcycle accident, please don’t hesitate to contact one of the experienced Atlanta personal injury lawyers at Council & Associates, LLC today at (404) 526-8857.