Being involved in a car wreck is a scary and stressful experience. Many people don’t know what to do, and are overwhelmed by the confusion and chaos of the situation. However, there are several steps you can take to start building your case. Our firm wants clients to be informed of the things they can do to protect their ability to pursue compensation after an accident. We provide compassionate legal assistance to injured victims seeking compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.
Here are 7 steps you should take after an accident:
- Call the authorities. If you are involved in an accident, it is important to pull over in a safe and nearby place and call 911. If you drive away, you could be held liable for a hit and run, which carries criminal penalties. Instead, you should calmly and safely pull over into a parking lot or onto the shoulder lane. Make sure you are out of the way of traffic, and turn your hazard lights on. Call 911 immediately if there is significant vehicular damage or any injuries. Even if there are no injuries, you should still call 911 if there is a substantial amount of damage to the vehicles involved.
- Exchange insurance information with the other driver. It is important to get the insurance provider’s name, as well as the policy number of the other driver involved in the accident. You should also give him or her the name and policy number of your insurance provider. This is an essential step to ensure the insurance companies can contact each other to discuss a settlement for property damage and injuries.
- Request a police report. When the police come to the scene, they will take witness statements and document the scene in a report. You can request a copy of the report to use for pursuing compensation later on. You may also write down the badge numbers of the responding officers for reference.
- Report the accident to the DMV. Depending on the situation, you may be required to report the accident to the local department of motor vehicles (DMV). You may need to report how much damage was done to your car, and it is important to check with your local DMV to learn what information you need to provide after the accident.
- Don’t admit guilt for the accident. Even if you think you are responsible, it is important to avoid admitting any guilt or apologizing for the accident. This can be used against you later if you try to pursue compensation. Furthermore, an investigation may reveal evidence that shows you were not to blame. Thus, it is okay to talk about the facts of the case as best you know to the responding police officers, but avoid language that could make it look like you were responsible or the crash.
- Gather evidence of the scene. This is an important step for pursuing a settlement from insurance adjusters. You should take pictures of the damage to both vehicles, as well as write down the names and contact information of witnesses. In addition, you should write down everything you can remember about the accident, including the time of day, road conditions, and order of events. Though this information will be included in the police report, it is helpful to have a copy for yourself so you can begin pursuing compensation as soon as possible.
- Seek medical attention. If you are involved in an accident, it is a good idea to see your doctor, even if you think you are uninjured. Some injuries do not appear for hours or even days after the initial impact. Thus, a physician can conduct a thorough examination and help ensure you are not injured. If you are injured, it is important to request copies of your medical records. Insurance companies may try to claim your injuries were not the result of the accident, which would allow them to avoid paying you. However, if you see a doctor right away and have a copy of your medical records, you can prove that your injuries did in fact result from the accident.
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At TJC ESQ, we are committed to providing excellent legal services to clients who have been injured in car accidents. Whether you were involved in a simple fender-bender or serious head-on collision, our attorneys have the experience to handle any legal issues that may arise. We know you are going through a stressful time. That is why we can work hard to guide you throughout the process and fight on your behalf every step of the way. With us, you will never be left in the dark regarding your case. Our Stamford auto accident lawyers can talk with you to determine your specific needs, and answer your questions as you pursue a favorable settlement.
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