Unlike some other car accident injuries, the pain of a broken bone is usually immediate. As soon as the collision is over, you know that something hurts and that you are in trouble, but do you know what to do?
What to Do at the Scene of the Crash
While you are at the accident scene, it is important to:
- Call 911. Get medical first responders and police officers to the scene as quickly as possible.
- Write down the names and contact information for other drivers, passengers, and witnesses.
- Take pictures of the cars and surrounding area.
- Watch what you say—do not apologize for the crash.
Of course, in some situations you may be in too much pain or you may be physically unable to take these actions. That’s okay, and it may not impact your eventual recovery.
What to Do in the Days and Weeks Following the Accident
After you have left the accident scene and you have received emergency medical care, it is important to:
- Get continuing medical care and follow your doctors’ orders.
- Be cautious about talking with insurance adjusters.
- Learn all you can about your rights and take steps to protect your rights and recovery.
The impact of a broken bone can be significant. Your medical bills may be substantial, your loss of income can be staggering, and your physical pain can be debilitating. While the doctors work to manage your pain and protect your physical recovery, you need to work to protect your legal and financial recovery.
To that end, you can schedule a free consultation with an experienced Illinois car accident lawyer who knows how to negotiate fair settlements and try successful cases for broken bone injuries by calling 1-800-800-5678. You can also read our FREE book, The Ultimate Guide for Automobile Accident Victims, to find out more about what you can do to protect your own recovery.