You are enjoying a drive through downtown Middlebury on a beautiful night. You’ve got the top down on the convertible and the stars are shining bright in the midnight sky. As you stop at a red light, you notice a car coming up fast behind you. There’s not enough time for them to stop and they plow right into your back end. Airbags deploy, glass shatters, and you blackout. When you come to, a medic is shining a light in your eyes.
Accidents like this happen all too often. As you are trying to get your bearings after the fact, a million questions seem to be coming at you. The police want to know what happened and the medic wants to take you to the hospital to get checked out. You want to cooperate but you feel overwhelmed. You don’t know what to do.
The moments following an accident are important
The police and medic don’t mean to add to the confusion. They both know that you have just been through a traumatic experience. Their first priority is to provide medical care for you and the other driver. Once you are settled in the hospital, the police will ask you what you recall. Answer the questions that the police ask you as accurately as you can. The details are important because they will help the police decide who was at fault.
Contact your insurance company to let them know about the accident. They will need a copy of the accident report. Your agent will most likely ask you the same questions as the police. You should not, however, engage with the other party’s insurance, even if they call. It’s very important that you don’t commit to a narrative of the events when you’re still woozy and unclear about what happened. Otherwise, they may use it to downplay your claim.
Finally, experienced legal guidance can help you with the aftermath. Working with them can help them get you the compensation you deserve for your damages and injuries.