What Do I Do if I Was Injured by a Distracted Driver?
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What Do I Do if I Was Injured by a Distracted Driver?

Distracted driving is incredibly dangerous, but it’s also one of the most common causes of car accidents. There are many drivers on the road who are consumed by their cell phones or other things, and this can lead to dangerous and even deadly accidents. If you have been hit by a distracted driver and are injured because of the accident, you’ll need to follow these steps.

File a Police Report

It is never a good idea to leave the scene of an accident without contacting the local authorities. You could face charges for doing so, for one thing. Plus, the local authorities can write up a police report about the accident, which will come in handy later. They will be able to write up a much more accurate report if they see the scene of the accident.

Document What You Can

Of course, your safety and well-being are the most important things to be focused on after a car accident. However, if at all possible, it is smart to document everything that you can about the accident.

Writing down everything that you remember about the accident right after it happens can help you avoid forgetting any important details. Additionally, taking pictures of all of the vehicles that were involved, any skid marks that you see on the road and anything else that might provide valuable information can be helpful. You don’t have to have a fancy camera to do this; simply using your smartphone camera should work.

Seek Medical Attention

If you have clear injuries after a car accident, it is important to seek medical attention right away. In many cases, calling for an ambulance is the best course of action. If your injuries don’t seem too serious, then driving yourself or having a friend or family member take you to the hospital or doctor’s office should be fine. Even if you don’t think that your injuries are very serious, you shouldn’t “wait it out” or decline being seen by a physician. Instead, you should seek medical attention right away.

Hire an Attorney

Distracted driving cases can become very complicated. Your injuries can result in expensive medical bills, and you might have to miss work for an extended period of time while you’re healing, which can result in a major loss of income. Plus, you may need to replace your car or have it repaired. All of these things can be very expensive, and a lawyer can help you make sure that all of your costs are covered. Just make sure that you hire a lawyer who is experienced in handling distracted driving cases. Additionally, you may want to hire an attorney who will work on a contingency basis; then, you will not have to pay any money upfront for his or her legal representation, and you will not lose any money if you don’t win your case. If you’re preparing to file an insurance claim and need an excellent attorney in your corner, please contact Marcus & Mack today. We’re an experienced team of lawyers with a focus on obtaining maximum recovery for our clients. We handle the details so you can heal from your accident. Please give us a call to set up your free consultation.

If you have been involved in an accident that involved a distracted driver, it is important to handle the aftermath the right way–by hiring a skilled car accident lawyer. As long as you follow the steps above and take advice from your lawyer, you should be able to handle your case properly.

Call our firm today at (814) 277-5664 to learn more.

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