Many people panic when they are in an auto accident. They worry how it will affect their insurance rates and other matters. Sometimes, panic causes people to say and do things they will later regret, or fail to obtain information that would be helpful in the event a dispute arises regarding the accident.
Here are some steps to follow if you are in a car accident. They can reduce the hassles and increase your chances of receiving fair compensation for any damages:
♦ Call an ambulance for anyone seriously hurt.
♦ Write down the name, address, phone number, and insurance company of the other driver. If the other driver does not own the car, get this same information for the owner.
♦ Write down the other car’s make, model, year and license number.
♦ Use your cell phone to take photos of the accident scene and the vehicles involved.
♦ Make notes on how, when and where the accident happened and road conditions.
♦ Do not take any blame for the accident. Things you say can be used against you later.
♦ Do not admit fault, at least not before consulting with your lawyer.
♦ If you believe you were at fault, you should notify your insurance company.
♦ If fault is disputed, or you were not at fault, and especially if you were injured, please call our office for advice about what you should do next. Don’t go it alone.