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A sudden car accident will disrupt your day and can affect you for life. In the moment, it’s often hard to know what to do following an accident, especially if you’re injured. These are some steps to keep in mind if you’re involved in a Montana car accident.

Seek Medical Treatment

It’s a misconception that only major car accidents cause injuries to those involved. The truth is that crashes at slow speeds often result in injuries. Concussions, whiplash, and other head and neck injuries are a major cause for concern, especially since they can take days or even weeks to exhibit symptoms. Other injuries may be apparent, such as broken limbs or cuts. Whether apparent or not, it’s always a good idea to seek medical attention as soon as possible after an accident if you may be hurt.

File a Report

Montana law requires you to report any car accident resulting in injury, death, or $1,000 or more in property damage. Many car accidents cause injuries, and even the most minor damage to your vehicle often costs over $1,000. It’s a good idea to have a police report after being involved in an accident for other reasons as well. An official report will serve as evidence and may help insurance companies determine fault. 

Stay at the Scene

You may be in a rush to get to your destination or make an important meeting, but you must stay at the scene of a car accident. Not only should you exchange contact information and insurance details with others involved, but hit-and-run charges are serious and could result in hefty fines or prison time. You should only leave the scene to obtain emergency medical attention. 

While you’re at the scene, remember these steps:

  • Exchange information with other drivers and witnesses, including contact information, insurance, and a license plate number.
  • Take pictures of the scene if possible.
  • Ask for eyewitness statements from anyone present.
  • Write your own testimony about what happened.

Document Everything

Keep copies of everything—police reports, your evidence, medical bills, and any other details involving an accident. If you need them for an insurance claim or lawsuit, you’ll be glad to have everything in one place. The more evidence you have, the better your chances are of filing a successful claim. If you take the case to court, a lawyer can help you organize your evidence and find other evidence to prove your case. 

If you sustained a serious injury after a car accident, consider hiring an attorney who specializes in Montana law. A lawyer can help you get the compensation you deserve. An attorney can also serve as a support system to navigate the complex legal system after your accident. At AFJ Law Firm, PLLC, we help car accident clients across Montana after they’re injured in a car accident. A lawyer can still help you calculate the costs and fight for a fair claim even if you are partially at fault. Contact us to review your case during a free consultation with an AFJ Law Firm team member.