Car accidents can be extremely stressful and confusing, but knowing what to do ahead of time can greatly benefit you. If you are ever in a car accident, consider these tips when reacting to the situation.
Never Leave the Scene of an Accident
Many states have laws that harshly punish drivers who leave an accident without exchanging information with the other drivers involved or a law enforcement officer. Even if you have been in a minor accident, always remain calm and never leave.
Make Sure Everyone is Safe
Check with the other drivers and passengers to see if anyone needs medical attention. Even if it appears that no injuries or major damage has occurred, you should still call 911.
It is also important to protect the accident scene by using hazard lights, flares or warning triangles if you have them, especially if the accident occurred at night.
Call the Police
Many states require that you call law enforcement if someone has been injured or property was damaged during a car accident. You may need a police report when filing a claim with your insurance company to receive compensation.
Be sure to exchange any information you may need with the other drivers involved, including names, phone numbers, street addresses, driver’s license numbers, vehicle registration information and insurance providers.
It is important that you never admit fault or apologize to the other drivers involved in the accident. This could be perceived as accepting blame for the accident and can undermine your personal injury claim.
Document the Accident
The police will take statements and gather evidence, such as photographs, after most accidents. However, you should also photograph evidence of the accident scene and any injuries that you received to provide to your insurance company.
Contact a Reputable Car Accident Lawyer
Speaking with a reputable car accident lawyer can help ensure your rights are protected throughout the process of filing a claim. An attorney can also help make sure you receive the maximum compensation you need. Further legal action may be required if you have difficulty getting the compensation you deserve.
The auto accident attorneys at Janet, Janet & Suggs have decades of experience helping accident victims and will review your claim through a free initial consultation to determine if you have a case. We do not charge any legal fees unless you receive a favorable outcome.
Call 1-877-692-3862 to schedule a free review of your claim.