Accident victims that carry out the proper actions enjoy a better chance for receiving the benefits that are due to someone that did not cause an accident. That is especially true, if the victim happens to be unconscious, confused, numb, or subject to a tingling or the arms or legs, in the moments following the collision.
Actions that such a victim should take
Call 911 and notify police: The officer’s report will note the location of the collision, the time of that same incident, the names of the involved drivers, and any statements from eyewitnesses. The insurance company cannot dispute such information.
Exchange contact information with the other driver. Get the other driver’s name, address, phone number, name of insurance provider, policy number, information on license plate, license number, and the make and model of the other driver’s vehicle. Contact a lawyer; become familiar with your options.
Check for other witnesses; get their name and contact information. Then notify your own insurance company. Your injury lawyer in London will ask you to watch for soreness, neck pain or stiffness in days following accident. If those develop, schedule a visit with a doctor.
Keep a record of your symptoms. For painful sensations, note what action seemed to bring on the pain, and how long the sensation lasted.
Actions that such a victim should avoid
Never admit fault
Avoid uttering phrases like these:
I feel OK
I did not see you.
Do not share any comments about your accident on one or more of the social media networks.
Do not post any pictures of you or any occupants of the damaged vehicle on one or more of the social media networks. Insurance companies hire adjusters to visit those networks, and search for pictures of a claimant doing something that he or she claimed was impossible, due to the effects of a reported injury.
Do not put yourself in charge of testing your body, in order to see whether or not you can perform a certain movement without pain. Before you try anything, speak with your doctor. If the doctor feels that you should go ahead with your plans, have that fact be noted in your medical records.
If you do not undertake such precautions, you could get photographed while engage in testing your ability to perform a certain movement. Still, there would be no mention in your medical record, showing the doctor’s nod of approval, for such a test.
Hence, if that picture were posted on the Internet, and if it were seen by an adjuster, then the insurance company might allege that you had been lying about your inability to carry out certain actions, due to the way that your injury had affected your joints or muscles.