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What to do after being injured in a collision

You see a car approaching your motor vehicle and do everything you can to get out of its path. But it's not enough. The other car ends up striking your automobile.

When you have been in a collision resulting from another driver's negligence in Oklahoma, your injuries can be serious, and your emotions naturally run high. As a result, you may neglect to take some important steps at the accident scene. Unfortunately, not taking these steps can end up hurting you from a legal standpoint if you decide to take the at-fault driver to court in the future.

What are the first steps I should take?

First, remaining at the crash scene is paramount, as you could end up facing some serious criminal penalties related to hit-and-run driving if you decide to leave the accident scene when the accident has caused injuries. Next, contacting police is important so that they can file a police report for you about the crash.

While at the accident scene, gathering information from the other driver, such as this individual's name, address, phone number, driver's license number and license plate number, is also important.

Being cooperative and cordial can be helpful when interacting with others at the scene, but apologizing for anything while at the scene can be detrimental. For instance, if you apologize for running a red light, you might actually be admitting that you are legally liable for the accident, which will hurt your case if you choose to take the matter to court.

What are my next steps?

Keeping track of all the medical treatment you receive is also essential. This includes recording the treatments you have had to undergo as well as how your injuries have impacted your daily life. Perhaps you have been unable to work for an extended period of time or cannot complete ordinary daily activities, for example. This may be helpful for proving pain and suffering down the road.

Seeking damages

Following a collision that has injured you in Oklahoma, you have the right to file a personal injury claim against the driver who caused your injury, seeking the reimbursement of damages sustained. You must establish liability before the civil court before claims for damages will be determined. If you receive a monetary award, this may help you to address medical costs and lost wages stemming from the crash.

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