Being in a car accident can be a scary situation. Your adrenaline will probably kick in and your emotions may be high. Here are some tips to help you after a car accident.
1. Safety First.
· Make sure you and everyone in your car is okay. Do not move anyone who is unconscious or in critical condition…wait for medical personnel to do this.
· Turn on your hazard lights.
· Before getting out of your car, make sure it is safe to do so.
2. Call the Police. Even if no one is hurt, you can still call the police non-emergency number 311. If someone is in critical condition, call 911.
3. Collect Information.
· You will want to write down the license plate number, make and model of the other vehicles involved in the accident in case they drive off.
· Write down the driver’s address and driver’s license number.
· Get the insurance information for the other car. You will want to write the name, address, and phone number of the insurance company. Write down the other driver’s insurance policy number.
4. Take Pictures. Take pictures of all cars and vehicles that were in the accident. Photograph the scene of the accident to show where the cars were before the accident. If your cell phone does not have a camera, keep a disposable camera in your car.
5. Talk to Witnesses. If anyone saw the accident, get the person’s name, address, and phone number. Ask the witness to write down what he or she saw.
6. Don’t Admit To Anything. Even if you believe the accident is your fault, do not admit to this. You do not have all of the information to know if the other driver was breaking the law causing the accident. When talking to the police, stick to the facts. If you are given a ticket for the accident, sign the ticket and do not argue with the police officer.
7. Leave the Scene. If the police arrive at the scene of the accident, ask the police officer before you leave. If the police do not come to the scene of the accident, leave after you have calmed down and gotten all the information necessary to document the accident.
8. Seek Medical Attention. Even if you do not think you have been injured, it is a good idea to talk to a doctor to make sure you do not have any injuries. Sometimes it will take a day or two before you feel the pain caused in the accident.
9. Tell Your Insurance Company. Let your insurance company know that you have been involved in a car accident, but do not give them a recorded statement or sign anything before contacting Alessi Law.