6 Steps to Take After a Car Accident

Sometimes life is so full of unpredictable events and unpleasant surprises. No matter how much you plan or prepare ahead of time, a curve-ball is thrown your way. You find yourself in a car accident and this turned your whole world upside down in a matter of seconds. Now you’re in the hospital where bills can add up fast, or worse, you are paralyzed from the injuries. The stress it brings you could amplify the amount of pain you’re in.

So, what should you do? First, make sure you are okay. Take care of yourself first. If you feel you need emergency care, call 911 immediately.


  1. Stay at the Scene of the Accident

In the event of the car accident, never leave the scene and wait for the law enforcement officers to arrive. If you leave, there are details and facts that could be critical to your insurance claim or case that will be missed, and this can weaken your defense later down the road. After the crash, most people have their adrenaline pumping and emotions getting the best of them. You have to remain calm and be in control of the situation is essential.

If you have any signs of physical injury, immediately call for medical assistance. This cannot be stressed enough.


  1. Assess the Situation

Safety is your top priority after a car accident. Tend to people first – make sure everyone involved in the accident is okay and perform first aid, if necessary. Summon medical assistance immediately for anyone who needs it. If a person is unconscious or experiences neck pain or back pain, never move them. They could have broken bones and moving them could lead to additional injury and pain. If you feel spinal pain or neck pain, you should try to remain as still as possible and wait for an ambulance or EMT to help you.

While waiting for help to arrive, follow the ABC rule of first aid to administer help to an injured person. While we all want to be good Samaritans, make sure you have consent to perform these checks ahead of time. A good rule of thumb is your immediate family will give you consent, but others might not. Tread carefully, though, as you could be liable if you cause additional damage.

  • Airway – Check the victim’s airway.
  • Breathing – Once there no airway obstructions, check and monitor the victim’s breathing until medical help arrives. You can do this by feeling or taking a phone (glass side) to someones nose or mouse and seeing if there is condensation forming.
  • Circulation – Check the casualty’s circulation. If the victim is not breathing, then you may need to perform CPR. However, only perform CPR within the limits of your experience. https://www.redcross.org/take-a-class/first-aid/performing-first-aid/first-aid-steps

Beyond the necessity of medical assistance, determine if there are significant damages that your car or property has incurred.


  1. Scan and Document the Situation

If it’s possible to do so, take photographs of the scene and any damage to your vehicle as fast as possible. Photos of the accident scene can help your case to determine what happened and how much you should be compensated for the damages.

If you are not able to take photos because you had to seek medical help, return as soon as possible and document the true extent damage sustained on your property. If possible, as a friend or family to come and document the scene as fast as possible. If that is not an option, find a passerby who is willing to document the scene and send you the information as well as become a witness to it.

It is essential to create a documentation of the following information:

  • Obtain the name and contact information and addresses of the other party involved
  • Driver’s license number
  • Talk to witnesses and get their information
  • Basic insurance information of the driver involved
  • Make, model, year and color of the other vehicle
  • The license plate number of the other car
  • If possible, obtain the vehicle’s VIN or Vehicle Identification Number



  1. Cooperate with the Police

In accordance with the Nevada Law, you are required to notify the police if you are involved in a collision in which anyone was killed, injured or there appears significant damage to your vehicle or property.

Never admit fault. It’s important not to let your emotions get the best of you. Admitting blame, even partial fault at the accident scene is not advisable. There are a variety of factors that could have led to the car accident, and stating it was you who caused it will reduce your possible settlement or claim payout.


  1. Notify Your Own Insurance Company

In this situation, you should notify your insurance carrier. Explain to them the facts of the case in full detail, as they will need this information for your claim to begin processing.


  1. Contact a Lawyer

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, consulting an experienced attorney who is experienced in handling personal injury cases can help you maximize your recovery or build a solid case for your defense. An attorney can help your settlement by fighting for you and working with the insurance companies and their lawyers to maximize your case.


Knowing what to do in advance can help you deal with the unexpected. Once the trauma subsides, you will want to regain the normalcy, get back to your regular life basis and daily activities. We understand that everyone has a life to attend to, so when you have been injured due to the negligence of others you shouldn’t have to take on the responsibility of handling that burden alone. This is best accomplished with an expert personal injury attorney at your side.


When do you need to hire a lawyer?

Hiring a seasoned attorney – one that has in-depth knowledge about the relevant laws and procedural rules can assist you in valuing your claim. One of the most important responsibilities a personal injury lawyer has is establishing the harm you have suffered.

Below, we highlighted the tangible benefits we can offer you once you hire an attorney:


  1. We Understand How Much Your Claim Is Worth

When discussing the value of your case, we come prepared with all documents and evidence that could be material to your case. A particularly strong case, where there are facts in place and liability is relatively clear, you are positioned to demand a high value and we’re here to seek the fair and just compensation for you. To do this, our team of dedicated professionals will be at your side by providing extensive research and honest assessment to pursue your case. Whatever setbacks that may come our way, we are prepared to surpass them and help get you compensated as fast as possible for as much as possible.


  1. We Understand the Legal Process

A solid case can quickly disentangle without the help of a trained or experienced litigator. One benefit that we can give you is vast experience and a track record of winning cases. We are here to help you through the complex legal procedures, interpret medical and insurance documents, and get through the mountain of paperwork required in your case.


  1. We Can Help You Get a Higher Settlement

If you’ve been in a car accident, injured or caused financial burden due to the negligence of another party, you have the legal right to demand and quantify for your losses. Insurance companies will usually try to lowball you, but you shouldn’t take their first offer. We have an excellent team of injury and compensation lawyers who can help you obtain the best possible outcome of your claim. We are here to advocate for you throughout the entire claims process and guarantee that your side of the story is heard and that you are properly compensated for all of your damages, injuries, or incurred losses.


  1. We Are Here to Give You Peace of Mind

So, while you are focused on healing, we are here to secure the compensation you deserve. When you hire us to represent you after your car accident case in Las Vegas, we are here to help you make an informed decision based on our objective side about your case. Through this, you can make the best choices. All these situations are extremely difficult and require a compassionate and understanding person to effectively handle a case – we’re here for you and our commitment is unwavering.


  1. We Are Prepared to Take Your Case to Trial

If all attempts at a settlement do not work, we will make sure you are properly prepared for a trial. We will not back down and we will conduct tremendous effort to win your case. As the best car accident injury lawyers in Las Vegas, we are committed to serving justice for those who have been wronged. Having an experienced lawyer representing you in court proceedings – or even the threat of it – clearly demonstrates how serious you are. In turn, the insurance company may be more motivated to make a swift and more equitable settlement offer. With vast experience as litigators, we are ready to take on any aggressive opponent and win.



Our commitment to excellent, effective, focused legal counseling and observing the highest order of integrity and quality in every matter we are entrusted with is what sets us apart from other firms. With that principle guiding us, we are regarded as an industry-leading firm that fights for the maximum compensation for the injured people of Las Vegas, Nevada.


One thing that you can do is hire a skilled lawyer who can advocate for you and has your best interests at heart.


 Hire a lawyer if:


  • You obtained any minor or major injuries as a result of the car accident
  • You undergo medical services and treatment
  • If you suffer emotional trauma, a hefty amount of stress, pain, and suffering
  • There is a conflict over which the other party have clear liability
  • The other party involved is uninsured or have inaccurate paperwork
  • If the insurance company decides to sidestep you.


An injury after a car accident is devastating, frightening, and can cause financial burden. If you need professional consultation or want to explore your legal options or obtain legal representation, our personal injury law firm will be able to provide you superior insight at each stage of litigation. Our firm is focused on representing our clients to the fullest extent of our capabilities.

Call Paternoster Law Group for Help After Your Car Accident

At Paternoster Law Group, we believe that no Las Vegas driver, or any driver who visits from another state, should accept an insurance settlement without talking to a qualified attorney first. As experienced personal injury lawyers, we know the games insurance companies and uninsured drivers try to play to settle a case quickly for the lowball offer.

Don’t fall for their tricks. You deserve every penny of damages the law allows you to collect. Instead of taking a quick settlement, call our team at Paternoster Law Group Personal Injury Lawyers at 702-654-1111 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation to discuss your legal options. We are conveniently located in Las Vegas and can schedule meetings in person at our office, wherever you are, or via tele-conference. The sooner you meet with us, the better your chances of preserving your rights to recover the compensation you deserve.


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