If you are in an auto accident, this is what you should do:
- At the scene of the accident:
- Take pictures of your vehicle, the other vehicle/vehicles, the road, any and all damage, the other vehicle(s) license plate.
- Call the police immediately. Law enforcement will investigate and prepare a report. Without this, you may not have the information you need for your insurance claim.
- Don’t leave the scene without the name, address, and insurance policy numbers of all drivers involved. Try to obtain the contact information of any eyewitnesses, too.
- NEVER admit fault OR exaggerate!
- Describe all symptoms or injuries you may be feeling to the police, firefighters, and medics.
After you leave the accident:
- If your pain or symptoms last more than two hours, go to the emergency room or visit your family doctor the next day. Do not work if you are in pain.
- Don’t discuss your case with anyone other than your spouse, your doctor, the police, and your insurance representative. You are not required to give a recorded statement to an insurance adjuster.
- Report the accident to your insurance company.
- Schedule a free consultation with an attorney who practices Personal Injury law.
- If you don’t have collision coverage, get two (2) property damage estimates and give them to your attorney or the other driver’s insurance company if you don’t have an attorney.
NEVER sign a Release or a Medical Authorization without consulting with an attorney!