What Should I Do After A Vehicle Accident?
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What To Do After A Vehicle Accident

If you have been injured in a vehicle accident, taking care of yourself is your primary focus. Having a doctor assess and treat any injuries you have suffered must be your first concern. For best results in recovery, it is also important to contact a lawyer. At Towe, Ball, Mackey, Sommerfeld & Turner, PLLP, in Billings, we are here to guide you after a vehicle accident anywhere in Montana.

Address Your Physical Injuries First; Also, Gather Evidence If Possible

You can act right away to protect your interests after a car accident. Here are some ways:

Get immediate medical attention if necessary — or as soon as possible after an accident for less serious injuries.

Once you have addressed any immediate injuries or medical concerns of yourself or your loved ones, you should contribute as you are able to the gathering of evidence as to the causes of the accident.

  • For example, you will want to make sure your vehicle is driven or towed to an appropriate location. Be sure to get information from the towing company about where they are taking the car.
  • Try to take or get photos of the car before it is demolished.
  • Also if possible, you should photograph the accident scene and the damage to all vehicles involved.
  • Gather contact information for any witnesses who are available at the accident scene.

These vital details may be difficult or impossible to retrieve later, so diligent collection of evidence is especially important right after an accident.

Then What?

The first thought some people have after a car accident is to immediately contact their insurance company. We recommend you talk to an attorney first. Depending on the facts of your specific accident, it may be best if you call a lawyer even before you commit to a shop to repair your vehicle. After an accident causing personal injury in Billings or elsewhere in the state of Montana, you can reach one of our attorneys to help you make the best decisions.

Contact Professionals Who Know The Law, The Sooner The Better

Although we can assist you even if you waited to contact an attorney, we can provide you the most thorough help if you call as soon as possible. We encourage you not to make statements or sign documents regarding the accident until you have spoken with an attorney. When you hire a lawyer, he or she will often handle communication with the insurance company or other parties on your behalf. We can help you complete necessary documents and appear with you if you have to answer any questions or make statements.

There are various tasks and duties that arise from a motor vehicle accident. It is easy to overlook or mishandle something. Working with an attorney who understands what needs to be done will eliminate the risk of mistakes. To schedule a free consultation with an attorney at Towe, Ball, Mackey, Sommerfeld & Turner, PLLP, either complete our contact form or call us at 406-534-0288.