When you get behind the wheel of your car or truck each morning, you do not expect to end up in an accident. The sad fact of the matter is that car accidents occur all too often in Kentucky. With millions of cars on the roads in the state, most drivers are bound to get involved in a car accident at one time or another. Car accidents can lead to serious injuries, monetary losses, property damage, and lost wages. Even the most minor of accidents can cause you to suffer whiplash. Here are the steps to take following a Kentucky car accident to ensure your legal rights to compensation are protected.
Remain at the Scene
You must always remain at the scene following a car accident in Kentucky. Even though you were the victim of the crash, you must still remain on the scene to speak with responding police officers. Staying at the scene ensures that you can give a proper statement about the accident to the officers so it can be included in their report.
Accept Medical Evaluation
Always accept a medical evaluation from the responding firefighters, EMTs, or paramedics. You might think you did not suffer an injury at the time because of the adrenaline pumping through your body, but severe pain could present itself days, weeks, or even months after the crash, indicating serious injury. That is why it is important to be checked out by a medical professional after a crash. This also provides proof via medical records that you sought help for any injuries should you choose to file a lawsuit against the at-fault driver in the crash.
Take Pictures of the Scene
With today’s advanced technology, it is likely you always have a phone or tablet handy that can take pictures. Use it to take pictures of various items at the accident scene. You should take pictures of the following:
- The vehicles involved
- The debris from the crash
- Your injuries
- The road conditions
- Traffic signs
- Any other evidence pertinent to the crash
Exchange information with all of the other drivers involved in the car accident. This information includes insurance policies, contact information, address, and anything else you need to reach out to them in the future. You should do the same with any witnesses with whom you speak after the crash.
Never Touch Evidence
While walking around the accident scene, make sure to never touch any evidence. Evidence could be covered in blood or other bodily fluids. You also want to preserve the scene as much as possible so police can conduct a thorough investigation. Touching evidence, even simply kicking debris out of the lane of travel, can hinder the investigation.
Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney
Were you or a loved one injured in a Kentucky car accident? Do not wait a minute longer to call the experienced team at the Roberts Law Office today to discuss the accident that left you injured. The sooner you schedule a consultation, the sooner you will begin to build a case against the at-fault driver for compensation. Call 859-231-0202 today to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney about the injuries you have suffered in a car accident.