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What to Do After a Madison Car Accident

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Injured in a Madison Car Accident? Protect Your Legal Rights

While you may be entitled to financial compensation if the other driver (or a third party) was at fault, it is up to you to make sure you receive the compensation you deserve.

At this point, we will assume that you are at home or in the hospital recovering after the accident. Here is what you should to do protect your legal rights going forward:

Preserve All Evidence You Have from the Scene of the Madison Car Accident

If you have any evidence from the scene of the Madison car accident, you should preserve it to share with your lawyers. This includes everything from photos and videos you took with your phone to the other driver’s insurance information, your copy of the police report, and any debris or damaged personal items that you have in your possession. While your lawyers will conduct a thorough investigation, any evidence that you can preserve will still be helpful for establishing your legal rights.

Write Down Everything You Can Remember 

Along with preserving any evidence you have from the scene of the accident, you should also write down everything you can remember. This includes (but is not limited to) details such as:

  • The date, time, and location of the accident 
  • The weather and traffic conditions at the time of the accident 
  • Which direction each vehicle was traveling at the time of the accident
  • How the accident happened
  • Whether traffic signals, signs, visual obstructions, or other factors may have played a role in the accident

Follow Your Doctors’ Advice (or Seek a Second Opinion if Necessary)

When you are recovering from accident-related injuries, it is important to fully follow your doctor’s advice. Or, if you have concerns about your doctor’s advice, you should seek a second opinion promptly. Not only is this important for making sure the long-term physical effects of the accident are no greater than necessary, but it is important for protecting your right to just compensation as well.

Contact Your Auto Insurance Company

Regardless of who you believe was at fault in the accident, you should contact your auto insurance company. You are almost certainly required to do so under the terms of your policy, and failing to report the accident promptly could result in a denial of coverage if you have a claim under the medical payments (MedPay) or uninsured/underinsured motorist (UIM) portion of your policy. However, when you contact your insurance company, you should state the basic facts only. Be careful not to make any assumptions, and do not let the adjuster talk you into saying that the accident could have possibly been your fault.

Start Documenting Your Injuries’ Day-to-Day Effects

As you start the recovery process, you should also start to document your injuries’ day-to-day effects. One way to do this is by keeping a “pain journal” where you write down things like:

  • Your pain levels throughout the day
  • Your doctor’s appointments and physical therapy appointments
  • Hours or days you miss from work
  • Chores, hobbies, and other activities you are unable to perform due to your injuries
  • Family and social events you are forced to miss due to your injuries

Start a File for Your Medical Records, Employment Records, and Receipts

As you move through the recovery process, you will receive various forms of documentation from various sources. You should keep all of this documentation in a safe place. If you start a file where you immediately put your medical records, employment records, and receipts as you receive them, this will make it easy to share them with your lawyers.

Avoid Discussing the Details of the Accident or Posting on Social Media

Finally, in addition to taking the steps we’ve outlined above, you need to be careful to avoid certain mistakes as well. This includes discussing the details of the accident with anyone but your lawyers. You should not share the details of your accident with anyone—and this includes posting about the accident on social media.

To be clear, while these are all important steps to take after a Madison car accident, these are far from the only steps involved in protecting your legal rights. To ensure that you are doing everything necessary to maximize your chances of a full financial recovery, you should speak with an experienced lawyer as soon as possible.

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