A car accident is a confusing and stressful experience, especially if you have sustained injury. It is important to keep calm and follow certain steps to protect yourself both physically and legally. Today we take a look at 5 simple tips to keep in mind when you have just been in a car accident.
1. Alert the Authorities
By far the most important thing that you should do after a car accident is to call the police. Never drive away or leave the scene of the accident, even if it is minor and there are no serious injuries. In order to file an insurance claim you will most likely need a police report, even if you are just claiming damage for your vehicle. Make sure that the vehicles involved in the accident stay at the scene unless they are obstructing traffic flow.
2. Take Plenty of Pictures
If you have a smartphone with a camera or happen to have a camera handy within the vehicle, it is always a good idea to take pictures of any visible damage. You should also make sure to take pictures of any visible injuries you have sustained. While photographing the incident, make sure that you are not interfering with the police investigation. If, for any reason, you are unable to take pictures at the scene, make sure to take some as soon as possible afterwards.
3. Exchange Important Information
Usually information is collected and document by police officers at the scene. That being said, if officers do not show up, it is extremely important that you take down the name, address, and phone number of all parties involved in the accident, even passengers. Furthermore, you should remember to take down their insurance information. This can be done by asking for their insurance card for all of the vehicles that are involved. If you see that there are witnesses nearby, you should get information from them so that your attorney may contact them in the coming weeks. If police officers show up, they should provide you with a report number. This number can be used to obtain an official report later on.
4. File These Documents Safely
All of the information that you have gathered should be kept safe and organized. Important information includes claim number, the claim adjuster’s name and information, the contact information for the involved parties, receipts for rentals, and documentation for any other expenses related to the accident.
5. Protect Your Legal Rights
One of the most important things to keep in mind is to consult with an attorney. If you do not have one, contact us at 1800-HURT-323 and we will appoint one for you. Your attorney will protect your rights and ensure that no evidence goes uncollected or gets destroyed. In many cases, insurance companies will try to get a statement from you immediately after the accident. It is crucial that you receive legal advice before giving a statement to the insurance company, as they can give you advice on issues regarding compensation and medical treatment.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car, motorcycle, or truck accident and are in need of an attorney in Utah, don’t wait and see-- call 1-800-HURT-323! We will put you in contact with an experienced and aggressive attorney who will fight for the maximum compensation that you deserve.