At Fulmer Law, PA, our experienced team of personal injury lawyers is committed to the health and well-being of you and your family. Follow our how to guide of what to do in a car accident. Start with these key steps immediately following the accident.
At the Scene of the Accident
At the moment you realize you’ve just been involved in an auto accident emotions are high and injuries are plausible. It is easy to instantly feel overwhelmed and panic-stricken when faced with the unexpected events of a car accident. In order to ensure the health and safety of everyone involved in the accident, it is important that you remain calm. Take a few deep breaths and assess your own injuries, aches and pains.
Call the Police
Next call the police. Having a detailed police report can prove invaluable when it comes to your insurance and personal injury claims. By contacting the police immediately, you can ensure that everyone at the scene is checked by the appropriate medical personnel and that the evidence and facts in the case are well documented. Cooperate fully and provide facts about the crash. Avoid placing blame or admitting guilt about the events of the crash, and when possible avoid elaborating on the details. Allow the police to examine the evidence and be sure to get a copy of the police report in addition to the names and badge numbers of the officers at the scene.
Check On All Drivers
Assess the health and safety of all drivers. Ensure that everyone at the scene gets immediate medical attention. There are many injuries that can go unnoticed immediately following an accident. With adrenaline pumping, it is possible to ignore some injuries that may not show overt signs of pain. Even a minor symptom, such as dizziness should be checked out by a medical professional.
Write down as much information about the events of the crash as you can while it is still fresh in your mind. Jot down your memories of the events immediately leading up the accident, during the accident, and after the accident.
Gather the following details from each driver and vehicle involved:
- Driver and passenger names
- Driver license information
- Vehicle makes and models
- Registration information for each car
- Car and driver insurance information
- Plate numbers
- Names and contact information of any witnesses
In today’s world of digital technology, we all have the ability to take photographs of the scene. If you are able to collect photos of the accident scene, here’s a list of helpful information for your case:
- Damage to each vehicle
- Skid marks or the lack of skid marks
- Position of the cars immediately following the accident
- Nearby stores or shops that may have video footage of the accident
- Photos of injuries
Do not in any way interfere with the investigation being conducted by the police. If you are unable to take photos of the accident, wait until you are able. Then send copies of the images to your auto accident attorney to be used as evidence in your case.
After the Accident &
Receiving Medical Treatment
Contact Your Insurance Company
Be sure to alert your insurance company after the accident. Many insurance companies will have a car accident “what to do” checklist for members to follow after the events of a crash. It is important to present the facts to your insurance company, and avoid elaborating on details or placing blame about the accident when speaking to your agent. Any statements you make to the police or to the insurance companies can be held against you during a personal injury suit.
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