You were just in a car accident. Your head is spinning and you are trying to grasp what just happened. Then the thought hits you: “How am I going to pay for this?”

You’re not alone in this thought. Everyone who survives a car accident has a moment where the extensive medical, insurance, and mechanic bills pile up in their mind and the costs feel overwhelming. The actions you take in the immediate aftermath of a Wisconsin car accident are crucial – your financial future may even depend on it.

We want to help prepare you for the potential of such a situation so you know what to do before it’s too late. Before we delve into the details, it’s important to note that your health is the biggest priority. If you need medical attention then it’s imperative that you prioritize that. Any legal or financial fallout from your case will get sorted out, but your physical health is paramount in the aftermath of any car accident.

Now, beyond your physical health, what should you prioritize in your car accident case?

Documentation is Key

If you are physically able to document certain elements at the scene of your accident then it’s essential to commence documentation immediately. Use your cell phone or any camera at hand to record the scene extensively. While maintaining respect for all parties involved, capture video and photographic evidence of vehicle damage (yours and other vehicles), any non-vehicle property damage, and the overall scene. Safely record conversations with other parties and the police, focusing on details that may have contributed to the accident.

If the other party or parties are making you feel unsafe then consider waiting until police arrive to communicate with anyone involved or to record relevant videos and information. Gathering the following information is important for your insurance claim and/or lawsuit, but you should limit discussions with other parties to:

  • Names, contact, and insurance details of other drivers and injured parties
  • Weather conditions at the time
  • Road conditions
  • Contact information of potential witnesses

Avoid discussing fault at the scene. It may be tempting to hop out of your car and ask someone what they were thinking by blowing a red light or ignoring the right of way, but these conversations can unexpectedly impact your case negatively.

Your job isn’t to determine fault. Your job is to document what you can and provide that information to the necessary parties (like your Wisconsin personal injury attorney).

Understand Your Recovery Sources

Next, you need to understand where your financial recovery will come from. In Wisconsin, MedPay, or medical payments insurance, is an optional but often crucial element of insurance coverage. It covers medical expenses for you and your passengers, regardless of fault, providing a necessary buffer for immediate medical costs.

Additionally, you should have collision coverage, which addresses the costs of repairing or replacing your vehicle. Familiarize yourself with the terms and limits of this coverage to gauge the extent of financial resources available to you for vehicle damages.

In cases where the other party lacks sufficient insurance, your uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage becomes vital. This coverage ensures you are not left financially burdened due to an underinsured or uninsured at-fault driver.

Wisconsin’s insurance laws can be complex, and the interplay of different coverages may significantly affect your recovery process. An experienced attorney can assist in navigating these intricacies, ensuring that you receive the compensation you deserve.

Contact Dillon Grube Law for Wisconsin Car Accident Representation

Dillon Grube Law brings extensive experience and know-how to Wisconsin car accident victims and their families. Our attorneys provide not just compassionate legal representation but also employ strategic narrative building in car accident litigation which is particularly important in car accident cases.

The sooner you contact our offices the sooner we’re able to start building your case and get the results you deserve. We will work with investigators who are able to recreate the accident scene and underscore the reality of your situation.