After A Wreck: What to Do at the Scene, at the Hospital, and When You Get Home

After A Wreck: What to Do at the Scene, at the Hospital, and When You Get Home

Being involved in a car or truck wreck can feel like being caught in a whirlwind. In addition to dealing with physical injuries, there are so many challenges that survivors face from their ordeal that trying to process it all is overwhelming.

The resulting physical and mental burden of dealing with the aftermath of an accident, no matter the type, can become so frustrating for survivors that it leaves them in a state of stagnation in terms of moving forward with taking the necessary steps to recover.

Because one can never predict when car or truck wrecks will occur, it is helpful to have a mental checklist prepared to know what to do in the immediate aftermath. There are important steps to take at various stages that are critical in trying to recover compensation for damages from those responsible and being on the best path to recovery possible.

At the Scene

While at the scene of a wreck, emotions are typically running high, and you may be still in shock from what has occurred. It is important to first call 911—if your injuries do not prevent this—so emergency help can be dispatched to the scene. Also, if possible, take photos and video of any damages and the location, as well as exchange contact and insurance information with the other driver(s).

At the Hospital

While at the hospital, you must allow yourself to receive all necessary treatment to get well. Even if you do not feel the symptoms of an injury immediately, it is still important to obtain a thorough medical examination to ensure that you are not bleeding internally or suffering from another serious medical complication. It is also important to gather as much medical information and contact names and numbers as you can for possible future use.

When You Get Home

After receiving the appropriate medical care, it is imperative to make sure that you follow up with all medical and other appointments required for your recovery. In addition, this is the point when, if you have yet to contact a personal injury attorney and want legal assistance for a potential claim, you should make this important call. It is crucial to remember that there is a statute of limitations on these types of legal claims, and time is of the essence in reaching out for professional legal help.

Amy Witherite, founder and lead attorney at Witherite Legal Group, says, “An accident is so shocking that it’s easy to become overwhelmed with trying to remember important actions to take in the aftermath. The right personal injury lawyer can provide invaluable support and direction to help alleviate undue stress after any type of automobile wreck.”

The truck accident attorneys of Witherite Law Group help those who have been injured in a car or truck accident. Get legal help today by calling 1-800-CarWreck® or 1-800-TruckWreck or visiting We’re available 24/7.

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