Automobile accidents are scary, chaotic and stressful. Often following
an accident you can feel disoriented and not sure about what to do next,
so make sure that you are prepared in the event you are ever involved
in a car accident.
The first step must always be to assess the situation and the safety of
those around you. If you or someone involved is injured, call 911 immediately.
Next, once everyone is safe or being treated, try to stay calm; being in
a car accident is stressful and frightening, but getting upset will make
Get Off the Road!
After a crash, it’s important to get to safety as quickly as possible.
If possible, safely move out of the way of traffic, but if you are not
able move your car without causing further damage, do not try to move it.
Watch What You Say
After an accident, you should speak to the other driver only to get his
or her information and to make sure the driver is OK. Never admit fault,
say things like “I’m sorry” during your conversation,
or be accusing, as it could be used against you in future proceedings.
- Name of the other driver
- Their Address
- Their Phone number
- Make, model and year of their car
- Their car’s license plate number
- Their insurance carrier and insurance policy number
If Police come to the scene:
It is important to get information from the police officer if one is on
the scene, including the officer’s
- Badge or ID number
- Phone number
- Police report number
You may ask the police officer for a copy of the accident report, though
often it takes a few days before one is filed. The officer’s opinion
of the accident will be useful if the drivers have a dispute about who
was to blame. Note that neither the other driver nor the police will need
your Social Security number, so never give it to them.
Document the Damage:
- Photos and / or video of the damage to your vehicle
- Accident location
- Names and contact information of the people involved with the accident
- You may also get contact information of the witnesses, if available
Speak to Your Attorney!
While you may wish to call your insurance company after an accident, it
is also a good idea to call your attorney, who can help guide you through
the claims process. You will have enough on your mind after an accident,
it is best to seek the advice and assistance of a professional.
Contact our personal injury attorneys
If you are in an accident, being prepared with the right information and
documentation can prevent stress after an accident. Always keep a copy
of your insurance information and a pen and paper in your car to make
the post-accident process much easier. Remember that drivers are required
by law to have proof of your insurance with them at all times. Use the
camera on your cell phone to document the scene with photos and / or video,
after you and everyone involved is out of danger. Being a defensive driver
and aware of your surroundings is a good way to avoid an accident, and
never text and drive or drink and drive!