As you make your way to the office, you enjoy seeing the sunrise and sipping on your morning joe. However, all of a sudden, a crunching steel sound enters your ears, and your neck moves back and forth in a violent manner. Another motorist has just struck the back side of your car because he was texting while driving.
Experiencing a motor vehicle accident resulting from another person’s negligence is never a pleasant ordeal. However, a few tips may help you to protect your best interests following these types of accidents in Hawaii.
In the immediately aftermath of the crash
As soon as the accident happens and you have suffered an injury, seeking medical attention is of the utmost importance. You future odds of receiving just restitution may also benefit by taking notes about the injuries you have suffered as soon as you get the chance to do so.
While at the collision scene, checking on all other drivers and passengers involved in the accident is obviously important if you are physically able to do so. If anyone is hurt, it is best to avoid moving them unless this is absolutely required to keep them safe.
Gathering information and contacting police
Collecting information from the person who caused the crash is an essential next step while you are still at the crash scene. This information includes the following:
- The other motorist’s name, phone number and home address
- The name of the motorist’s insurance company along with his policy number
- Statements from witnesses along with their contact information
- Photos of the scene of the crash, including one of the other motorist’s license plate
In light of your injuries, contacting police is also paramount. The police will arrive at the scene to gather details about the accident, and will then file a report on it, which you can later access.
After you leave the collision scene
Once the dust has settled and you have left the scene of the crash, keeping track of all of your medical bills and treatments is vital. You may also want to journal about how your accident injuries have affected your ability to work and other aspects of your life.
Given the injuries you suffered in the motor vehicle accident due to the other party’s negligence, you have the right to seek monetary compensation. A monetary award from a successfully litigated personal injury claim may help you to cover your medical bills, lost wages, and your pain and suffering during this trying time.