“I’ve been injured in a car accident – what should I do first?”

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As a Cincinnati car accident lawyer I am often faced with this question. Where should you begin?

Before anything else, make sure your condition and health are stable. Seek the medical attention you need after your car accident, and take care of your physical well-being.

Once you have done this, all of the following are steps you should take. These steps are not sequential – you can do them in any order, and most will progress at the same time. These steps are designed to protect your right to file a claim for your injuries. Contacting a Cincinnati car accident lawyer is, of course, part of this process.

  • Take detailed notes about everything that happened. This includes the car accident itself – how it happened, what both parties did, location, time – as well as everything that happened after the accident. Did you seek medical help? Did you go to the Emergency Room? Did you visit any specialists? Did you lose time from work? Did you miss any of your work wages?
  • Collect the names and full contact information of any people who saw the car accident take place. These witnesses may be key to your claim. After they have given you their phone numbers and email addresses, call and/or write them to confirm that their contact information is indeed valid and correct.
  • Gather any and all photographic evidence you have of the accident, as well as any other evidence that may help you. Evidence that can indicate who was at fault is especially pertinent. Get detailed, clear photographs of the damage to both vehicles. High-resolution images of your injuries will also be central to your claim.
  • Organize and track all receipts related to your injury and recovery. These would include medical bills, bills from hospital visits, payments for medical supplies, pay stubs indicating lost work time and lost wages, and more.

Be sure to reach out to a Cincinnati car accident lawyer. Here at Clements, Taylor, Butkovich & Cohen LPA, we have an experienced, talented team of lawyers who can help you through the process. We work at 810 Sycamore St. in downtown Cincinnati, and you can reach us at 513.721.6500, or use the form below.

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