If you've been involved in an auto accident resulting from someone else's negligence, it can be a challenging and confusing situation. It's estimated that one in every five auto accidents takes place in a parking lot. Someone backing into you with their automobile can cause both physical and mental damage. If the incident took place on public property—such as a parking lot at a grocery store, the entire matter can turn into a complex situation quickly in regards to who is liable for the damages caused. From understanding how to pay your medical bills and how you will continue to live a functioning life in the future, some of these questions can only be answered by a qualified personal injury attorney. Here are some steps that you should consider in the unfortunate event that you've been involved in a serious injury accident.

Gather As Much Information As Possible

One of the first things you should do if you've been involved in another automobile hitting you is to gather information about what specifically happened. This includes speaking with the driver and other witnesses involved at the scene. If you've experienced a head injury or other type of life-threatening injury, it may be impossible to get information right away from the driver, including their insurance company and contact information. If the driver fled the scene, it can be an even more risky and troubling situation. Seeking out advice from a qualified auto accident attorney will help place the incident in the hands of professionals who will aggressively pursue putting together a case for you.

Seek Medical Help Right Away

Even if you feel that your injuries aren't life threatening—maybe a few bruises or abrasions, you should still go the emergency room or urgent care clinic so that you can be evaluated by a medical professional. A doctor will recommend if you are healthy enough to go home or if further testing is required. This also provides you with medical documentation about the accident so you'll be able to present this information to your attorney.

Document The Entire Incident On Paper

As soon as you have the time to do so, write down the entire experience on paper in your own words, starting with your day and how you ended up at the store parking lot, including all of the incidents leading up to the accident and what happened immediately thereafter. This documentation is helpful for your case, especially as stress and day-to-day living can interfere with remembering the incident clearly.

Seek Legal Counsel

It's important to seek legal counsel as soon as you possibly can. Contact a reputable auto accident attorney in your area. If they aren't qualified to tackle your case, they will recommend you to a personal injury attorney that can. The sooner you consult with an attorney, the quicker you can have answers about a possible case. Your attorney will gather all of the necessary information to determine if you qualify for monetary compensation due to the result of your physical and mental injuries as well as reimbursement of accident-related medical expenses that you've paid out.

An accident can leave you scarred and scared and full of unanswered questions. It's important to choose a lawyer like one from Sarkisian, Sarkisian & Associates PC who will listen to your needs and fight for your case in court.