If you’ve been injured in an auto accident, it’s very important to take the following steps:
At The Scene of the Incident
- Obtain all contact (name, address, phone number) and insurance information from the other driver.
- If possible, take photographs of all cars involved, any property damage, any visible injuries and the accident scene. Ideally this should be done at the scene of the accident, but at minimum, make sure to get photographs as soon as possible.
- If you are injured, make sure to contact the police. They will fill out a police report of the accident. While you should cooperate with the police and tell them what you believe to have happened, avoid giving any statements to third parties such as the other driver, any insurance company agents or investigators.
- If your injuries are serious, seek immediate medical treatment. Consider using ambulance and or paramedic assistance, if necessary.
- Give notice of a claim to your insurance agent.
A Day or Week Following the Incident
- Contact an attorney as soon as possible.
- Document any injuries that are ongoing from the time of the incident and any that may surface in the days to come. Consider using a journal to do so.
- Obtain a copy of your police report.
- If you have not already done so, take photographs of both vehicles involved as well as any property damage and visible injuries.
- Attempt to get your vehicle repaired as soon as possible through your own insurance company or that of the other driver. The attorney can assist with this issue.
- You can obtain rental car coverage through your own insurance company or through the other driver’s insurance company.
- Remember to avoid giving any statements to anyone who may contact you about the accident such as insurance adjusters until you retain an attorney and have your attorney present.
In The Future
- Continue to seek proper medical attention and follow up with any treatment you may have started. It is important to be compliant with your doctors.
- Continue to document your recovery progress in a journal. This information will be of great help to your attorney.
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