If you’ve been involved in an accident, it can feel overwhelming trying to remember what steps should be taken next. From medical attention to gathering evidence and speaking with insurance companies, there are many details that need immediate attention. Understanding what needs to be done, and how it should be done during the first 72 hours can help provide some clarity in a difficult situation.
Taking prompt action following an accident can greatly improve one’s chances of recovering fair compensation for the damages incurred due to another party’s negligence or misconduct—especially during those first 72 hours. If you or your loved one has been involved in an accident caused by someone else’s negligent conduct, reach out to Hawaii’s personal injury attorney, Daniel T Pagliarini AAL.
We can help you navigate the complicated landscape of filing a personal injury claim and deal with the insurance companies. From our office in Honolulu, Hawaii, we serve clients throughout the Hawaiian Islands, including Molokai, Maui, Kauai, Lanai, and Big Island.
One of the most important things you can do after an accident is to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Even if you think your injuries are only minor ones, it is still important to get checked out by a medical doctor and thereby document your complaints. This will ensure that any underlying injuries or conditions are identified, treated promptly and accurately documented.
Call the Police
The police should always be called immediately after any motor vehicle accident, regardless of how minor it may seem at first. A police report will help document all of the involved parties and other necessary details related to the accident, such as traffic laws that were violated or witnesses who saw what happened. Having this accurate information documented in a report will be useful when filing a claim with insurance companies and initiating legal proceedings if necessary.
Collecting evidence at the scene of the accident can also be beneficial when dealing with insurance companies or lawyers later on down the line. This includes taking photos or videos of any damage caused by the accident, before vehicles are moved, as well as exchanging contact information with anyone who may have witnessed it. It is also important to save any receipts from anything related to the treatment of your injuries so you can later submit those expenses when filing a claim with your insurance company or seeking compensation from those responsible for causing your injuries.
Once you’ve received medical attention and documented everything related to the accident, it’s time to contact your insurance company about what happened as soon as possible—ideally within 24 hours after the incident occurred. Notifying them sooner rather than later will help ensure that any claims filed won’t be denied due to missed deadlines for reporting an incident (which typically ranges between 30-90 days). If you have been injured, notify your insurance representative and ask them to assign a PIP adjustor (medical personal injury protection) to your claim. You will need their contact information and must provide that to any and all medical providers that you treat with.
Hire an Attorney
Depending on how severe your injuries are, consulting with an experienced personal injury attorney may also be beneficial after being involved in an accident. An attorney can provide guidance on how best to proceed with filing claims against those responsible for causing your injury, and they can also advise on potential settlement amounts based on estimated damages incurred due to suffering resulting from said injury (such as pain and suffering).
Oftentimes, having legal representation is necessary if seeking compensation through court action becomes necessary due to denial or lack of response from insurance companies regarding claims filed by individuals who have been injured due to another party’s negligence or misconduct.
Do not wait weeks to do so. There are pitfalls of representing yourself. This is not a DYI home project. Get a free consult ASAP.
Turn to Compassionate Legal Support
In the first 72 hours after an accident, you may be required to file certain documents and/or make certain notifications/phone calls. Hawaii’s personal injury attorney, Daniel T Pagliarini AAL can explain what steps should be taken in the first 72 hours after your accident to protect your rights and improve your chances of a successful recovery. Contact Dan Pagliarini in Honolulu, Hawaii, for a free consultation to discuss your situation.