STEPS TO TAKE AFTER AN ACCIDENT
If your life has been disrupted due to an auto accident, you will need an attorney by your side to get compensated for your damages. With years of experience in representing auto accident cases, we have made it our goal to help individuals who are injured in auto accidents. Throughout the years of practicing, we have seen thousand of car accident victims. The information provided here is to help drivers know their rights and what they should do when they get into an accident. Getting into an auto accident can be a traumatic experience. It can be confusing too, especially from a legal standpoint.
When you get into an accident, whether or not you are at fault, you need to legally protect yourself by taking a few simple steps:
- Ask every driver involved for his/her drivers license and proof of insurance. Either write down the information, or take a picture of the documents using your cell phone or a camera.
- Take high quality pictures of scene of accident and any damage to your car and the other party's car. Save these pictures for your own protection - because if the other party gets into another accident the same day, you need to have proof what damages was caused by you.
- Interview any witnesses, and ask for their contact information, such as names and phone numbers. Witnesses can be a valuable source of information for proving your case or disproving a case that someone else has brought against you.
- Get medical care. If you have major injuries, call an ambulance. If you have minor injuries, check into the nearest healthcare facility.
- Call the police. If interviewed by the police, state the facts of what happened.
- Take Notes. More information equals more legal protection. Write down what happened, date and time of accident, location of accident, traffic conditions, apparent injuries to you and any other parties, does the other driver appear intoxicated?
Car Accident Checklist
Following a few steps after an accident can prove very valuable to your case.
- Ask all drivers involved for their drivers license, proof of insurance, and other identifying information.
- Take photos of scene of accident.
- Ask any possible witnesses for their names and phone numbers.
- Obtain prompt medical attention for any injuries at a local hospital or other healthcare facility
- Call the police and file an accident report
- Do not give statements to insurance adjusters or any other insurance representatives.