A car accident can be a very traumatic experience. Most of the time they are completely unexpected and leave you in a state of shock. Unless you are severely injured and taken to the hospital for your injuries there are several steps you should take at the scene of the accident:
● Make sure everyone is safe. Check with all drivers and passengers to make sure that everyone involved is not hurt.
● Call the police. It is very important especially in the case of injuries that a police report is filed as police are considered an impartial witness.
● Exchange information with the other driver. This includes name, phone number, and insurance information. Do not apologize or say “I’m sorry” at any time. You could be accidentally admitting liability.
● Ask any witnesses present what they saw. If they are willing, try to get their names and phone numbers.
● Take pictures. In most cases today, people have a camera available on their cell phones. Take pictures not just of the damage on the cars but of the street, any skid marks and the direction the other driver was heading when they hit you.
● Do not discuss your accident. It is especially important not to discuss your accident on any social networks like Facebook or Twitter or any that can be viewed by the insurance company
● Get your insurance company’s damage evaluation on your car. It is also a good idea to get an independent assessment to ensure you are getting true value for your car.
● Save all your medical bills including any prescriptions you have been given or physical therapy treatments.
● Follow up on all medical appointments and do what the medical providers recommend.
● Do not sign any settlement agreement without consulting an attorney.
I’m attorney Bernie Walsh, for more information on this topic visit JusticePays.com.