The 10 things To Do If You Are In A Car Accident
1. STOP. Never drive away from the scene of an accident, even a minor one.
2. CALL THE POLICE. Even if there are no serious injuries, report accident to the police.
3. STAY SAFE. To prevent further accident, set up flares, keeping your flashers on, etc.
4. MAKE AN ACCURATE RECORD. Tell the investigating officer(s) exactly what happened, to the best of your ability. If you do not know certain facts, tell that to the officer.
5. TAKE PICTURES. You should take pictures of the vehicles if there is visible damage. If you have visible injuries, you should photograph them as well.
6. EXCHANGE INFORMATION. If the police do not respond to the accident, you should obtain the name, address and telephone number of all persons involved in the accident, drivers and passengers alike.
7. NOTIFY INSURANCE CARRIER. Notify your insurance company as soon as possible.
8. SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION. Often, injuries caused by motor vehicle accidents are not immediately apparent. Unless you are absolutely certain you were not injured, you should seek medical attention at your local emergency room or by seeing your family physician.
9. KEEP A FILE. Keep all your accident-related documents and information together. This information should include a claim number, the claim’s adjuster who is handling the claim, names and phone numbers of all contacts, receipts for a rental car and other expenses incurred as a result of the accident.
10. PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS. Perhaps the most important thing you should do after an accident is call Collision Law. Our firm can protect your rights and make sure valuable evidence is not destroyed. Often, insurance companies want to your statement immediately after an accident. It is important that you receive legal advice before providing such a statement. Collision Law can advise you on issues ranging from how to make sure you are fully compensated for your vehicle to how to make sure you are getting the best medical treatment available. Collison Law attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, which means there is no legal fee unless we recover compensation for your injuries.