Despite the fact that nearly everyone will be involved in at least one car accident in their lifetime, many people have no idea what to do if they are involved. Keep reading to learn ten steps you should take if you are involved in a car accident and then contact Law Offices of Patrick S. Aguirre at 800-572-1252 if you are in an accident and require assistance.
- Do Not Leave the Scene
- Protect the Scene of the Accident
- Call the Authorities
- Tell the Police the Facts
- Take Pictures at the Scene
- Exchange Information with Others at the Scene
- Get Medical Care
- Call Your Insurance Company
- Get Everything Organized
- Contact a Personal Injury Attorney
Unless you are in immediate danger and need to go to the hospital right away, you sold not leave the scene. Doing so could result in criminal charges being filed against you.
If you have flares, put them up. Turn on your hazard lights if your car is operational enough to do so. These small steps can help save the evidence and can prevent other vehicles from being involved in an accident.
If there is any injury – no matter how minor – or property damage of at least $1,000, then you should contact the police. If you end up filing a report with the insurance company, they will want this documentation. Get the police report number before the police leave the scene.
When you talk to the police, stick to the facts. If you are not sure of something, say that. Do not make assumptions. Do not take the blame for anything. The only thing you need to do is to give an honest and factual description of what happened.
Use your phone’s camera to take pictures of the scene of the accident. Get pictures of the four corners of all involved vehicles, the interior of all involved vehicles, any debris that is scattered, road markings, traffic signals, visible injuries, skid marks, and other drivers involved in the accident.
The police officer at the scene should collect everyone’s information, but we recommend getting contact info for everyone involved. This includes other drivers, their passengers, and any other witnesses to the accident.
Even if you do not immediately notice that you are experiencing an injury, you should still see a doctor. In some cases, it could take days or even weeks for signs of serious injury to occur.
Even if you were not at fault, most insurance companies require that you notify them any time you are in an accident.
Grab all the information about your case and keep it together. This includes your claim number, the adjuster handling the case, contact information for all involved, receipts for all expenses related to the accident, and anything else you have.
If someone else was at fault, contact a personal injury attorney to make sure that your legal rights are understood and protected. You can call Law Offices of Patrick S. Aguirre at 800-572-1252 to request a free legal consultation.