What do I do after a car accident in Sandy?
Your first step is to find safety for you and your passengers by either pulling off to a safe spot on the road or leaving your vehicle. Calling the police will help in safely dealing with the vehicle as well as get you medical attention if necessary. Your next steps should be to:
- Exchange insurance information with the other driver (s)
- Obtain photos of all vehicle damage, missing parts, license plate
- Obtain photos of the other driver (s) license, insurance card
- Get checked out at urgent care if possible. This can help in not only checking for injuries, but also in your future dealings with insurance.
- Get home safely
- Call and report the accident to your insurance company. Do not give a recorded statement yet.
- Fill out an accident report with the DMV within 3 days of the accident
- Call a dedicated and experienced car accident lawyer at 503-546-3167
You will receive a phone call from the at-fault driver’s insurance company in the following hours or days after the accident. Feel free to answer, but make sure not to give a recorded statement before consulting with an attorney. You will most likely receive many more phone calls in the coming weeks, but once you have reported the accident to both insurance companies, an attorney should be the one you speak with.
Common Injuries from Car Accidents
As varied as the causes of car accidents can be, injuries sustained by those involved can be a whole other story. In some cases, major accidents result in minor or no injury, while in other cases, minor accidents cause life-altering injuries. Many times, victims will not even feel injured until the adrenaline is gone, hours later. Therefore, it is vital that you seek medical attention even if you do not feel there is anything wrong. Some common injuries include but are not limited to:
- Bulging discs in back
- Herniated discs in back
- Head trauma
- Lower body trauma
- Neck stiffness
- Lower back stiffness
Filing your car accident claim in Oregon on time
When an accident occurs, there will many things that go through the minds of everyone involved. Once the dust settles and you are home safely, there are some deadlines that are vital to the security of you, your vehicle, and your potential case. One deadline is to file an accident report to the DMV within 72 hours.
The other vital deadline car accident victims need to know is two years. You have two years from the date of the accident and injuries to file a car accident case. You may think this sounds like a long time, but in these situations, months go by in the matter of a blink it seems. Any delay in beginning this process can be very problematic, even if you contact an attorney a year out. A case is more difficult to work for even the best attorneys when time is running out. Call us today at 503-546-3167 for your free case consultation.
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