It may not seem like a serious matter if someone rear-ends you, but there may be more consequences than you expect. At face-value, the accident may seem to have not resulted in serious injuries or damages, but that may not be the reality of things. In case things become worse than you expect them to, here are three things you can do preemptively to protect yourself in the future:
Take plenty of pictures
After any car accident, take as many pictures of the accident as possible. Be sure to include close-ups of both car’s collision areas, the accident including the surrounding area, and anything that may have helped cause the accident. The photos you take at the scene of the accident can become a major asset in a compensation claim.
Collect important information
After an accident, you always want to ensure that you collect the other driver’s insurance information, contact information, and a copy or photo of their driver’s license. If there were any passengers in the other vehicle, collect their information if possible. Lastly, if anyone witnessed the accident, try to collect a recording of their statement of what they saw and their contact information.
See a doctor
Even if you do not feel like the accident injured you, have a doctor check your health. The doctor’s report of your visit will create a benchmark of your health immediately following the accident and can help illustrate a progression of any decline in your health condition. The doctor can also look for any hidden injuries like a traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Do not underestimate your accident
Any car accident has the potential to leave a victim with lasting severe consequences, as well as hefty fees and bills to pay for. The victim of an accident should never be the one to pay for the consequences of someone else’s reckless or negligent actions. Let a personal injury attorney help you secure the best possible outcome after your accident.