Accidents tend to happen when we least expect them, but you can try to be mentally prepared. Keep these five steps in mind after a fatal car accident in Wyoming.
1. Check for Injuries and Call 911
The very first thing to do immediately following the collision is to check for injuries. Whether or not there are injuries, you should call 911 and request police assistance at the scene of the accident. If there are injuries, be sure to ask for medical attention. Once help has arrived, do not refuse medical treatment. Even if you believe you are not seriously injured, you may be. Often injuries are not apparent in the moment.
2. Gather Information and Take Photos
Any information and evidence you can gather will be helpful for your claim. If the vehicles are blocking traffic, they will need to be moved if possible. Try to take photos of the cars and the surrounding area while everything is still intact. Pictures can tell plenty about an accident.
Also be sure to ask the other driver for their information. This should include:
- Vehicle information,
- Driver license information, and
- Insurance information.
The more information you collect at the scene, the better.
3. Notify Your Insurance Company
As soon as you can, contact your insurance provider to report the accident. You are required to notify your insurance company of any auto accidents, whether or not you were at fault. They will ask you questions about the accident and other drivers. The insurance company may also ask for any other helpful documentation, like photos or a police report. Your insurance provider will then assign an insurance adjuster to your claim. The insurance adjuster will take care of every aspect of your claim, including vehicle inspections and settlement.
4. Seek Medical Treatment
Following a fatal car accident in Wyoming, you must seek medical treatment. Even if you do not think you have suffered any injuries, it is wise to visit your doctor shortly after the accident. Sometimes injuries are present but not immediately evident. It may take a few days for injuries to begin presenting themselves. Discuss every ache and pain with your doctor, no matter how menial it may seem.
If your doctor suggests further medical treatment, it is essential to take their advice and do as instructed. If you decide to file a personal injury claim, medical records and treatment can help build a strong case.
5. Contact a Wyoming Personal Injury Attorney
While you may be able to handle some claims on your own, many claims require a personal injury attorney’s expertise. You should contact an attorney as soon as possible after a Wyoming car accident to discuss your case. An experienced attorney will review all the details of your case and give you the best legal advice.
Platte River Injury Law is passionate about helping clients during the most challenging times. We understand the frustrations that come after auto accidents, and we’re here to help you seek the outcome you deserve. Contact us, and let’s see how we can help you.