No one wants to think about being involved in an automobile accident. But the sad truth is there are around 37,000 deaths every year as a result of car accidents in the United States. It is safe to assume that each of us will be in a car accident at some point in our lives. Therefore, we should all be prepared and make an effort to educate ourselves on what to do, and what not to do following an accident
Below are a few tips on what you should do immediately following an accident:
Check on all passengers and the driver of the other vehicles, to make sure everyone is okay.
- Call 911
- If there are any injuries, request an ambulance to be dispatched to the scene
- Advise the 911 operator of any leaking gasoline or fires
- Exchange information with the other driver
- Insurance information
- Phone number
- Speak to any witnesses
- Take pictures
- Take pictures of the vehicles from each angle
- Take pictures of any property damage
- Take pictures of the license plate of the vehicle
- Take pictures of any injuries
- If there are tire skid marks, take a picture of them
- Identify the scene with pictures of landmarks, signs, or buildings
- Get a copy of the police report
- Keep up with all medical bills including medications and equipment you are required to use while in recovery
If you have obvious injuries, go to the emergency room immediately. If you are not sure, make an appointment with your doctor. Many times a person will not know they are hurt for a few days or even weeks after the accident. It is critical that you have a complete check-up by a doctor A.S.A.P.
What you should not do after an accident
- Do not admit guilt or responsibility
- Do not leave the scene of the accident
- Do not talk to the other driver’s insurance company
- Do not assume you have to agree to their settlement offer
- Do not post items on social media sites that could make you appear unharmed
When to call an attorney
If there is substantial damage to either vehicle and/or any property damage you should contact an attorney right away. If there are any injuries, you need an attorney. Even if the other driver or passengers are hurt. You will need protection in the event of legal action taken against you.
Other things to consider is the amount of time you have to miss work and disruptions in your day-to-day life. Also, if you require in home care or physical therapy you need an attorney.
About The Author
Personal injury attorney, Adam Bowers is an experienced and highly skilled attorney who is passionate about helping his clients. Though he has extensive experience in several legal fields, he has dedicated his practice to the personal injury arena. In addition, Bowers is a member of The Colorado Bar Association, The Denver Bar Association and a volunteer for the Faculty of Federal advocates.