Any accident is a disturbing experience, but even more so when it results in serious injury. Sometimes injury is not immediately apparent, due to the amount of adrenaline the body releases when faced with a threat. Nevertheless, anyone involved in an accident in Ohio should take the following steps:
§ Seek medical attention. If seriously injured, receiving medical treatment is top priority. And even if injuries are minor or there appears to be no injury at all, it is still a good idea to see a doctor just to be sure. A doctor’s visit creates documentation that is vital when pursuing compensation for damages. Immediate treatment can prevent a worsening condition and help speed recovery.
§ Gather evidence and contact information. If involved in a car accident, get names and contact information of parties involved, write down license tags and driver’s license numbers, and exchange insurance policy information.
§ File a crash report. The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles requires drivers to file crash reports for vehicle accidents involving personal injury or property damage in excess of $400.00. Failure to do so can result in drivers license suspension until the individual files the report.
§ Contact the insurance company. Parties should inform their insurance companies about the accident as soon as possible. Some policies set time limits for reporting accidents.
§ Consult an attorney. If serious injury or car damage occurs, consult a Toledo attorney who can help with filing a claim and deal with insurance companies. Lawyers advise whether legal representation is necessary and initial consultations are free for accident cases. Most law firms take accident cases on contingency, which means clients owe no fees unless the firm is successful in obtaining compensation.
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Contrada & Associates is a Toledo, Ohio law firm that has provided effective legal help to clients injured in car accidents for more than 30 years. To discuss your accident, call 866-841-4400 or contact us online.