Four Steps to Take If You are Injured in a Spokane Car Accident During the COVID-19 Outbreak
May 5, 2020 – Matt Albrecht
The COVID-19 (coronavirus) public health crisis has radically disrupted life in our region. As of the end of April, the Washington State Department of Health has confirmed 14,327 cases of COVID-19 in the state. At least 357 of those cases have been confirmed in Spokane County. To reduce the transmission of the respiratory disease, residents have been asked to stay home and avoid non-essential activities.
Of course, even in these trying times, life goes forward. There is still a risk that you could get into a serious auto accident while traveling for essential purposes during the pandemic. You need to know how to protect your rights and your safety. In this guide, our Spokane car accident attorneys explain four steps that you should take immediately after a crash.
Seek Medical Attention for Your Injuries
If you were hurt in a motor vehicle crash in Spokane County, you need a professional medical evaluation. During the COVID-19 epidemic, Washington’s public health officials have raised concerns that people are skipping necessary medical treatment because they are afraid of overwhelming the system or afraid of contracting the virus. You should know that safe medical care is available throughout Eastern Washington. Get yourself checked out as soon as possible after a collision.
Document the Collision and Report it to Authorities
Similar to crashes that happen in normal times, you should do what you can to document the accident and report it to authorities. All collisions that result in physical injuries should be reported to law enforcement. While you are at the scene, try to get:
- Driver’s license numbers;
- Vehicle information, including the license plate number;
- Insurance policy details;
- Contact details for witnesses; and
- Photographs of the crash.
Comply With Social Distancing Guidelines
During the coronavirus pandemic, it is crucial that you comply with all guidance from public health experts. To the maximum extent possible, maintain social distancing at both the crash scene and in the aftermath of the wreck. Try to stay at least six feet away from all strangers. The CDC also advises people to keep a mask or cloth facial covering with them at all times. Although you may not need to wear a mask while in your own vehicle, it is generally a good idea to put one on at the accident scene.
Arrange a Free Phone or Video Consultation With a Spokane Car Accident Attorney
You can still start the personal injury claims process during the COVID-19 pandemic. At Albrecht Law PLLC, our law firm is fully operational. We are able to conduct a free initial consultation over the phone or through teleconferencing software. Our Spokane car accident lawyers are ready to take action to protect your rights and get you the compensation you deserve.
Call Our Spokane, WA Auto Accident Lawyer for Immediate Help
At Albrecht Law PLLC, our Washington car accident attorney fights aggressively to protect the rights and interests of injured victims. If you or your loved one was hurt in a motor vehicle collision, we can help. To set up a free, fully remote review of your case, please contact us now. We represent injured victims throughout Eastern Washington, including in Pullman, LaCrosse, Sprague, Cheney, and Harrington.
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