Now that summer is here, your kids may be heading off on adventures with their friends. Some of those adventures may include road trips. Unfortunately, the risk of car accidents increases during the summer months due to the increased congestion on the nations highways.
If your child is involved in a car accident this summer while riding with friends, you'll need to take immediate steps to make sure that they receive the care they need. Here are four things you should do as soon as your child is involved in a car accident.
1. Hire an Attorney
If your child is involved in a car accident, one of the first things you need to do is hire an attorney, especially if you weren't present for the accident. You'll need to make sure that your child's legal rights as an accident victim are protected.
Not only that, but you'll need to make sure that you have access to all the information regarding the accident. Legal representation is particularly important when the drivers refuse to cooperate with your requests for information.
2. Seek Additional Medical Attention
If your child is involved in a car accident while out of town, they may receive medical attention before you arrive. While immediate medical attention is crucial, it's also important that you seek additional medical attention as soon as you get your child back home.
Make sure that your child receives the medical attention they need for their injuries. You'll also want to make sure that no injuries were overlooked during the initial emergency care.
3. Request Insurance Information From all Parties
If your child is a passenger in a car that is involved in an accident this summer, be sure to request insurance information from all drivers. You'll need this information to ensure that your child's injuries are covered.
4. Obtain a Copy of the Police Report
Following the accident, obtain a copy of the police report. This is a vital part of the information you'll need once your child is involved in a car accident.
The accident report will identify all the drivers involved, including the person who was driving the car that your child was a passenger in. The report will also contain diagrams and descriptions of the accident, which you'll need for your accident claim.
In addition, the police report will also contain insurance information for all the drivers who were involved in the accident. This will be helpful should any of the drivers refuse to provide you with the information voluntarily.
For more information, contact a car accident attorney such as Walsh & Associates, PC.